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Optimal simple monetary policy rules and non-atomistic wage setters in a New-Keynesian framework

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  • Gnocchi, Stefano

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The purpose of the paper is to design optimal monetary policy rules in a New-Keynesian model featuring the presence of non-atomistic unions. It is shown that concentrated labor markets call for more aggressive inflation stabilization. This is because the central bank is able to induce wage restraint and to push output towards Pareto efficiency by implementing tougher stabilization policies. Moreover, the welfare cost of deviation from the optimal policy is increasing in wage setting centralization. The analysis is performed in the context of a linear-quadratic approach where the welfare measure is derived resorting to a second order approximation to households’ lifetime utility. JEL Classification: E24, E52

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  1. Acocella, Nicola & Di Bartolomeo, Giovanni, 2007. "Towards a new theory of economic policy: Continuity and innovation," MPRA Paper 4419, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Di Bartolomeo Giovanni & Hughes Hallett Andrew & Acocella Nicola, 2008. "Policy games, policy neutrality and Tinbergen controllability under rational expectations," wp.comunite 0034, Department of Communication, University of Teramo.
  3. Vincenzo Cuciniello & Luisa Lambertini, 2009. "Optimal Exchange-Rate Targeting with Large Labor Unions," Working Papers 200901, Center for Fiscal Policy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne.

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