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Nominal Wage Flexibility, Wage Indexation and Monetary Union

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  • Calmfors, Lars

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

  • Johansson, Åsa

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

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    Membership in a monetary union (EMU) is likely to imply stronger incentives for nominal wage flexibility in the form of wage indexation and shorter contract length than non-membership. For example, EMU entry may cause a move from a nonindexation to an indexation equilibrium. But more wage flexibility is only an imperfect substitute for an own monetary policy. It is possible that an increase in wage flexibility is welfare-decreasing, because of the accompanying rise in price variability. If indexation occurs outside the EMU, either multiple equilibria or full-indexation equilibria may occur.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies in its series Seminar Papers with number 716.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 14 Aug 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:iiessp:0716

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    Keywords: nominal wage flexibility; wage indexation; EMU; asymmetric shocks;

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    1. Graham, Liam & Snower, Dennis J., 2008. "Hyperbolic discounting and the Phillips curve," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 4262, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    2. Rodriguez-Palenzuela, Diego & Camba-Méndez, Gonzalo & García, Juan Angel, 2003. "Relevant economic issues concerning the optimal rate of inflation," Working Paper Series 0278, European Central Bank.

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