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Adapting Prices or Quantities in the Presence of Adjustment Costs?

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  • Andersen, Torben M
  • Toulemonde, Eric

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It is often hypothesized that costs of adjusting both price and quantities may have important implications for the macroeconomic adjustment process, not least to nominal shocks. We analyse this in an explicit intertemporal general equilibrium model considering the empirically relevant case of fixed costs of adjusting prices and fixed and variable costs of adjusting quantities. We find that the presence of both price and quantity adjustment costs changes the response to shocks significantly. It is an implication that "small" shocks do not support the "menu-cost case" but rather both fixed prices and quantities (rationing). A numerical analysis based on available evidence on adjustment costs is used to illustrate the likelihood that the various adjustment patterns actually arise.

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  • Andersen, Torben M & Toulemonde, Eric, 2004. "Adapting Prices or Quantities in the Presence of Adjustment Costs?," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 36(2), pages 177-196, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:36:y:2004:i:2:p:177-96
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    1. Jeremi Montornes & Jacques-Bernard Sauner-Leroy, 2015. "Wage-setting Behavior in France: Additional Evidence from an Ad-hoc Survey," Journal of Banking and Financial Economics, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 1(3), pages 5-23, March.
    2. Andrew T. Young & Daniel Levy, 2014. "Explicit Evidence of an Implicit Contract," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 30(4), pages 804-832.
    3. Montornès, J. & Sauner-Leroy, J-B., 2010. "Wage-setting Behavior in France: Additional Evidence from an Ad-hoc Survey," Working papers 282, Banque de France.
    4. Leif Danziger, 2008. "Adjustment Costs, Inventories and Output," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 110(3), pages 519-542, September.
    5. Andrew T. Young & Daniel Levy, 2014. "Explicit Evidence of an Implicit Contract," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 30(4), pages 804-832.
    6. Leif Danziger, 2007. "Output Effects Of Inflation With Fixed Price- And Quantity-Adjustment Costs," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 45(1), pages 115-120, January.
    7. Georg Müller & Mark Bergen & Shantanu Dutta & Daniel Levy, 2007. "Non-price rigidity and cost of adjustment," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(7), pages 817-832.

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