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Generalized Taylor and Generalized Calvo Price and Wage-Setting: Micro Evidence with Macro Implications

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  • Huw D. Dixon
  • Hervé Le Bihan

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The Generalized Calvo and the Generalized Taylor model of price and wage-setting are, unlike the standard Calvo and Taylor counter-parts, exactly consistent with the distribution of durations observed in the data. Using price and wage micro-data from a major euro-area economy (France), we develop calibrated versions of these models. We assess the consequences for monetary policy transmission by embedding these calibrated models in a standard DSGE model. The Generalized Taylor model is found to help rationalizing the hump-shaped response of inflation, without resorting to the counterfactual assumption of systematic wage and price indexation.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3119.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: contract length; steady state; hazard rate; Calvo; Taylor; wage-setting; price-setting;

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Cited by:
  1. Huw Dixon & Engin Kara, 2011. "Taking Multi-Sector Dynamic General Equilibrium Models to the Data," Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers, Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum 1125, Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum.
  2. Dixon, Huw & Franklin, Jeremy & Millard, Stephen, 2014. "Sectoral shocks and monetary policy in the United Kingdom," Bank of England working papers 499, Bank of England.
  3. Dixon, Huw & Seaton, Jonathan & Waterson, Michael, 2014. "Price Flexibility In British Supermarkets: Moderation And Recession," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 1041, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  4. Millard, Stephen & O'Grady, Tom, 2012. "What do sticky and flexible prices tell us?," Bank of England working papers 457, Bank of England.
  5. Engin Kara, 2012. "Using Micro Data on Prices to Improve Business Cycle Models," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 12/632, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.

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