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Inflation Persistence Revisited

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  • Marika Karanassou

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    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Dennis J. Snower

    (Birkbeck College, University of London)

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It is commonly asserted that inflation is a jump variable in the New Keynesian Phillips curve, and thus wage-price inertia does not imply inflation inertia. We show that this "inflation flexibility proposition" is highly misleading, relying on the assumption that real variables are exogenous. In a general equilibrium setting (in which real variables not only affect inflation, but are also influenced by it) the phenomenon of inflation inertia re-emerges. Under plausible parameter values, high degrees of inflation persistence (prolonged after-effects of inflation in response to temporary money growth shocks) and under-responsiveness (prolonged effects in response to permanent shocks) can arise in the context of standard wage-price staggering models.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 518.

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Keywords: Inflation persistence; Wage-price staggering; New Keynesian Phillips curve; Nominal inertia; Monetary policy; Forward-looking expectations;

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  1. Marika Karanassou & Hector Sala & Dennis J. Snower, 2008. "Phillips Curves and Unemployment Dynamics: A Critique and a Holistic Perspective," Discussion Papers 2008-08, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.

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