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Monetary policy in the presence of asymmetric wage indexation

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  • Giuseppe Diana
  • Pierre-Guillaume Méon

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We study optimal monetary policy in the presence of asymmetric wage indexation. We find that the monetary authorities do not react to small output shocks and that their reaction to large shocks is asymmetric, insofar as they absorb positive shocks more than negative ones. As a consequence, we observe that asymmetric wage indexation can be recessionary and that it decreases the inflationary bias relative to an equivalent symmetric indexation.

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Paper provided by Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie (LaRGE), Université de Strasbourg in its series Working Papers of LaRGE Research Center with number 2003-06.

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