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Policy Credibility and Inflation in a Wage-Setting Game

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  • Hafiz A. Akhand

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This paper combines the conventional monetary policy game with a wage-setting game among several noncooperating wage setters (each with some monopoly power). The inflationary bias in market economies is explained in terms of the wage-competition bias. This bias does not disappear even when the central bank communicates its policy goals precisely and credibly. In a policy game with several noncooperative monopolistic wage setters and a central bank, if discretionary policy is interpreted as wage setters' being Stackelberg leaders relative to the central bank, a discretionary policy leads to both higher inflation and lower output.

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  • Hafiz A. Akhand, 1992. "Policy Credibility and Inflation in a Wage-Setting Game," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 25(2), pages 407-419, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:25:y:1992:i:2:p:407-19
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    1. Steinar Holden, 2003. "Wage-setting under Different Monetary Regimes," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 70(278), pages 251-265, May.
    2. Agiomirgianakis, George M., 1998. "Monetary Policy Games and International Migration of Labor in Interdependent Economies," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 243-266, April.
    3. Timo Henckel, 2010. "Monopolistic unions, Brainard uncertainty, and optimal monetary policy," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 62(2), pages 307-322, April.
    4. Borda, Patrie & Gaumont, Damien & Manioc, Olivier, 2011. "Unions’ Coordination and the Central Banker’s behavior in a Monetary Union," MPRA Paper 50293, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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