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Rule of Thumb Consumers Meet Sticky Wages

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  • Colciago, Andrea

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It has been argued that rule of thumb consumers substantially alter the determinacy properties of simple interest rate rules and the dynamics of an otherwise standard New-keynesian model. In this paper we show that nominal wage stickiness helps re-establishing standard results. Key findings are that wage stickiness i) affects the shape of determinacy regions in the parameters space, restoring the relevance of the Taylor principle for the conduct of monetary policy; ii) implies that a rise in consumption in response to an innovation in government spending is not a robust feature of the model.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3275.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2005
Date of revision: 27 Apr 2007
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3275

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Keywords: Rule of Thumb Consumers; Sticky Wages; Determinacy; Fiscal Shocks;

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