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A Union-bashing Model of Inflation Targeting

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This paper shows that in an open two-sector economy, centralization of wage setting may be important in determining the employment (and welfare) effects of different monetary targets. By disciplining unions in the sectors open to international trade, exchange rate targeting yields higher employment than inflation targeting when wage-setting is more centralized in the open sector than in the shielded sector. When wage-setting centralization is higher in the shielded sector, we show that general price-level inflation targeting, while better than exchange rate targeting, is inferior to an inflation target that focuses more heavily on shielded sector prices. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2006 .

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  • Frode Meland, 2006. "A Union-bashing Model of Inflation Targeting," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 108(3), pages 419-432, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:108:y:2006:i:3:p:419-432
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    1. Udo Kreickemeier & Frode Meland, "undated". "International Trade, Union Wage Premia, and Welfare in General Equilibrium," Discussion Papers 11/05, University of Nottingham, GEP.
    2. Wenlang Zhang & Gaofeng Han, 2013. "How have Labour Market Developments Affected Labour Costs in China?," Working Papers 072013, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
    3. Udo Kreickemeier & Frode Meland, 2017. "Non-Traded Goods, Globalization, and Union Influence," World Scientific Book Chapters,in: International Trade and Labor Markets Welfare, Inequality and Unemployment, chapter 7, pages 173-201 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..

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