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Staggered price contracts and inflation persistence: some general results

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  • Whelan, Karl

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Despite their popularity as theoretical tools for illustrating the effects of nominal rigidities, some have questioned whether models based on Taylor-style staggered contracts can match the persistence of the empirical inflation process. This paper presents some general theoretical results about Taylor-style models. It is shown that these models do not have a problem matching high autocorrelations for inflation. However, they fail to explain a key feature of reduced-form Phillips-curve regressions: The positive dependence of inflation on its own lags. It is shown that staggered price contracting models instead predict that the coefficients on these lag terms should be negative. JEL Classification: E31

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Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Working Paper Series with number 0417.

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Date of creation: Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20040417

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