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Monetary Persistence, Imperfect Competition and Staggering Complementarities

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  • Merkl, Christian
  • Snower, Dennis J.

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This paper explores the influence of wage and price staggering on monetary persistence. We show that, for plausible parameter values, wage and price staggering are highly complementary in generating monetary persistence. We do so by proposing the new measure "quantitative persistence," after discussing weaknesses of the "contract multiplier," which is generally used to compare persistence. The existence of complementarities means that beyond understanding how wage and price staggering work in isolation, it is important to explore their interactions. Furthermore, our analysis indicates that the degree of monetary persistence generated by wage vis-à-vis price staggering depends on the relative competitiveness of the labour and product markets. We show that the conventional wisdom that wage staggering can generate more persistence than price staggering does not necessarily hold.

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Keywords: monetary persistence; monetary policy; price staggering; wage staggering;

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  1. Marika Karanassou & Hector Sala & Dennis Snower, 2008. "Phillips Curves and Unemployment Dynamics: A Critique and a Holistic Perspective," Kiel Working Papers 1441, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Christian Merkl & Dennis J. Snower, 2005. "Monetary Persistence, Imperfect Competition, and Staggering Complementarities," Kiel Working Papers 1257, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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  4. Marika Karanassou & Hector Sala & Dennis J. Snower, 2007. "The Evolution of Inflation and Unemployment: Explaining the Roaring Nineties," Working Papers 604, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
  5. Wohltmann, Hans-Werner & Winkler, Roland C., 2008. "On the Non-Optimality of Information: An Analysis of the Welfare Effects of Anticipated Shocks in the New Keynesian Model," Economics Working Papers 2008,21, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
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