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Dynamics and monetary policy in a fair wage model of the business cycle

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  • David de la Croix

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    (Department of economics, Université catholique de Louvain
    CORE)

  • Gregory de Walque

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    (National Bank of Belgium, Research department
    Department of Economics, University of Namur)

  • Rafael Wouters

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    (National Bank of Belgium, Research department)

Abstract

We first build a fair wage model in which effort varies over the business cycle. This mechanism decreases the need for other sources of sluggishness to explain the observed high inflation persistence. Second, we confront empirically our fair wage model with a New Keynesian model based on the standard assumption of monopolistic competition in the labor market. We show that, in terms of overall fit, the fair wage model outperforms the New Keynesian one. The extension of the fair wage model with lagged wage is judged insignificant by the data, but the extension based on a rent sharing argument including firm’s productivity gains in the fair wage is not. Looking at the implications for monetary policy, we conclude that the additional trade-off problem created by the inefficient real wage behavior significantly affects nominal interest rates and inflation outcomes

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Paper provided by National Bank of Belgium in its series Working Paper Research with number 98.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:200610-10

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Keywords: Efficiency wage; effort; inflation persistence; monetary policy;

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  1. Danthine, Jean-Pierre & Kurmann, André, 2010. "The business cycle implications of reciprocity in labor relations," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(7), pages 837-850, October.
  2. Lechthaler, Wolfgang & Merkl, Christian & Snower, Dennis J., 2008. "Monetary Persistence and the Labor Market: A New Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 3513, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Gerhard Rünstler, . "Shirking, Endogenous Lay-off Rates and the A-cyclicality of the Real Wage," WIFO Working Papers 350, WIFO.
  4. Dennis Wesselbaum, 2010. "Reciprocity and Matching Frictions," Kiel Working Papers 1616, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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