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Measuring the Interaction of Wage and Price Phillips Curves for the U.S. Economy

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  • Chen Pu

    () (Bieleleld University)

  • Flaschel Peter

    () (Bielefeld University)

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This paper demonstrates that demand pressure, besides hybrid cost-pressure, matters both on the labor market and on the market for goods in the determination of wage and price inflation. We discuss theoretically and estimate for the USA wage and price Phillips curves exhibiting their own demand pressure measure in their respective market and weighted averages of perfectly foreseen short- and adaptively changed medium-run cost-pressure terms in addition. These curves are in their formal structure closely related to NK staggered wage and price dynamics, but differ radically from them in their implications. Our findings are that wages are more flexible than prices with respect to their demand pressure measure and that price determination gives much more weight to medium term inflation than does wage inflation. Supplemented by Okun's law, this implies a reduced form real wage dynamic that depends positively on economic activity, and thus an adverse type of real wage adjustment, if goods demand depends positively on real wages.

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  • Chen Pu & Flaschel Peter, 2006. "Measuring the Interaction of Wage and Price Phillips Curves for the U.S. Economy," Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics, De Gruyter, vol. 10(4), pages 1-35, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:sndecm:v:10:y:2006:i:4:n:2
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    1. Proaño, Christian R., 2012. "Gradual wage-price adjustments, labor market frictions and monetary policy rules," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 220-235.
    2. Chen, Pu, 2010. "A time series causal model," MPRA Paper 24841, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    10. Proaño, Christian R., 2011. "Exchange rate determination, macroeconomic dynamics and stability under heterogeneous behavioral FX expectations," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 77(2), pages 177-188, February.

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