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Inflation and Real Activity with Firm Level Productivity Shocks

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  • Robert G. King

    (Boston University)

  • Alexander Wolman

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

  • Michael Dotsey

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)

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The model's flexibility also allows us to parameterize it in ways that generate behavior consistent with some recent studies in the literature, namely Midrigan (2006) and Golosov and Lucas (2008). We can also use simple versions of the model to understand the relationships between price adjustment at the micro level and aggregated statistics such as the hazard rate. In particular, we find that the model is capable of producing flat hazards at the macro level, even though any firm who has just changed its price faces the upward sloping hazard common in state dependent models.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2009 Meeting Papers with number 367.

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Cited by:
  1. Ahrens, Steffen & Pirschel, Inske & Snower, Dennis J., 2014. "A Theory of Price Adjustment under Loss Aversion," CEPR Discussion Papers 9964, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Michael K. Johnston, 2009. "Real and Nominal Frictions within the Firm: How Lumpy Investment Matters for Price Adjustment," Working Papers 09-36, Bank of Canada.
  3. Steffen Ahrens & Matthias Hartmann, 2014. "State-dependence vs. Time-dependence: An Empirical Multi-Country Investigation of Price Sluggishness," Kiel Working Papers 1907, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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