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Relative Wage Variability: Monetary Policy and the Labor Market

  • Martin B. Schmidt

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    (Department of Economics, Portland State University)

By explicitly examining the symmetry assumption implicit in much of the efficiency wage literature, a plausible supply-side link between monetary policy and worker productivity is introduced. Specifically, if relative wages influence worker behavior asymmetrically and monetary policy alters relative wages, then monetary policy may ultimately affect productivity. The paper reports evidence consistent with both linkages and, therefore, the monetary authority should concern itself not only with demand-side implications, but also with the additional supply-side consideration.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 26 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
Pages: 439-454

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