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Testing the Calvo model of sticky prices

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  • Martin Eichenbaum
  • Jonas D. M. Fisher

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This article discusses the empirical performance of a widely used model of nominal rigidities: the Calvo model of sticky good prices. The authors argue that there is overwhelming evidence against this model. But this evidence is generated under three key assumptions: one, there is no lag between the time firms reoptimize their price plans and the time they implement those plans; two, there is no measurement error in inflation; and three, monetary policy is the same in the pre-1979 and post-1982 periods. The authors discuss the impact of relaxing each of these assumptions.

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  • Martin Eichenbaum & Jonas D. M. Fisher, 2003. "Testing the Calvo model of sticky prices," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue Q II, pages 40-53.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2003:i:qii:p:40-53:n:v.27no.2
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