Wage-Price Dynamics and Deflation in Hong Kong
AbstractThis paper provides empirical evidence on the dynamics of prices and wages in Hong Kong. The results imply that the deflation in Hong Kong since 1997 can be understood using a conventional macroeconomic framework wherein foreign influences constitute the basic underlying shocks, and adjustment processes in domestic wages and prices determine the details of the transmission mechanism. Our results indicate that the decline in local nominal prices owes much to declining prices of imported intermediate goods. The negative output gap and the increase in unemployment experienced during the deflation period also have their origin in foreign shocks, but the domestic wage adjustment process constitutes an important contributing factor.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 06-2004.
Date of creation: Aug 2004
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Publication status: Published in Pacific Economic Review, Special Issue on Deflation and Macroeconomic Issues in Hong Kong, Volume 10(2), 2005, pages 191-216
Deflation; wage-price dynamics; Hong Kong data.;
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