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Inflation Persistence When Price Stickiness Differs Between Industries

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  • Kevin D. Sheedy

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There is much evidence that price-adjustment frequencies vary widely across industries. This paper shows that inflation persistence is lower with heterogeneity in price stickiness than without it, taking as given the degree of persistence in variables affecting inflation. Differences in the frequency of price adjustment mean that the pool of firms which responds to any macroeconomic shock is unrepresentative, containing a disproportionately large number of firms from industries with more flexible prices. Consequently, this group of firms is more likely to reverse any initial price change after a shock has dissipated, making inflation persistence much harder to explain.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0838.

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Keywords: Inflation persistence; heterogeneity; price stickiness; New Keynesian Phillips Curve;

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  1. Sevim Kosem Alp, 2010. "Optimal Monetary Policy under Sectoral Heterogeneity in Inflation Persistence (Sektorel Enflasyon Ataleti Farkliligi Altinda Optimal Para Politikasi)," Working Papers 1004, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.
  2. James Costain & Anton Nakov, 2011. "Precautionary price stickiness," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 1122, Banco de Espa�a.
  3. Hafedh Bouakez & Emanuela Cardia & Francisco J. Ruge-Murcia, 2009. "Sectoral Price Rigidity and Aggregate Dynamics," Cahiers de recherche 0906, CIRPEE.
  4. L. Ngai & Roberto Samaniego, 2009. "Mapping prices into productivity in multisector growth models," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 14(3), pages 183-204, September.
  5. James Costain & Antón Nákov, 2009. "Dynamics of the price distribution in a general model of state-dependent pricing," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 0831, Banco de Espa�a.
  6. Stefano Eusepi & Bart Hobijn & Andrea Tambalotti, 2009. "CONDI: a cost-of-nominal-distortions index," Staff Reports 367, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  7. Niels Arne Dam & Carlos Carvalho, 2009. "Estimating the Cross-sectional Distribution of Price Stickiness from Aggregate Data," 2009 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 702, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  8. Millard, Stephen & O'Grady, Tom, 2012. "What do sticky and flexible prices tell us?," Bank of England working papers 457, Bank of England.
  9. Felipe Schwartzman & Carlos Carvalho, 2008. "Heterogeneous Price Setting Behavior and Monetary Non-neutrality: Some General Results," 2008 Meeting Papers 1040, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  10. Imbs, Jean & Jondeau, Eric & Pelgrin, Florian, 2011. "Sectoral Phillips curves and the aggregate Phillips curve," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(4), pages 328-344.

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