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Nominal Rigidities in Wage Setting by Rational Trade Unions


  • Benassy, Jean-Pascal


Many rational wage setting schemes, such as the trade unions paradigm, are usually thought to lead to pure real rigidities. In this article, the author constructs a model where a rational trade union without any kind of money illusion sets wage schedules in an economy subject to real and monetary shocks. He makes the realistic assumption that wages can be conditioned on prices. It is found that, although the trade union has the option of fully insulating workers from nominal disturbances, it will rationally choose not to do so and, therefore, nominal rigidities will be present in the economy. Copyright 1995 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Benassy, Jean-Pascal, 1995. "Nominal Rigidities in Wage Setting by Rational Trade Unions," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 105(430), pages 635-643, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:105:y:1995:i:430:p:635-43

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    1. Bisin, Alberto, 1998. "General Equilibrium with Endogenously Incomplete Financial Markets," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 19-45, September.
    2. Ching-Chong Lai & Juin-Jen Chang, 2002. "Nominal versus real wage rigidity in a monopoly union: A synthesis," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 30(1), pages 61-73, March.
    3. Adriana Cassoni, 1997. "A brief survey on the role of trade unions in labour market," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 0697, Department of Economics - dECON.
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    5. James M. Holmes & Patricia A. Hutton, 2005. "A Stochastic Monopsony Theory of the Business Cycle," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 43(1), pages 206-219, January.

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