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Macroeconomic Stabilization Through Taxation and Indexation: The use ofFirm-Specific Information

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  • Richard C. Marston
  • Stephen J. Turnovsky

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This paper considers two alternative approaches to stabilizing an economy with firm-specific productivity disturbances. The first uses wage contracts tying wages in each firm to these disturbances as well as the price level. The second uses a tax on firms which modifies their supply behavior together with a simple waqe indexation rule tying wages to prices alone. Both these schemes are viable as long as the firm-specific disturbance is known to all agents. If the firm alone observes the productivity disturbance, under either scheme it has an incentive to misrepresent current conditions. However, a combination of these two schemes is both welfare maximizing and incentive compatible.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1586.

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Publication status: published as Marston, Richard C. and Stephen J. Turnovsky. "Macroeconomic Stabilization Through Taxation and Indexation: The Use of Firm-Specific Information," Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 16, No. 3, Nov. 1985, pp. 375-395.
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  1. Gray, Jo Anna, 1976. "Wage indexation: A macroeconomic approach," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 221-235, April.
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  1. Joshua Aizenman & Jacob A. Frenkel, 1986. "Sectorial Wages and the Real Exchange Rate," NBER Working Papers 1801, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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