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Real Wage Rigidity and the Effect of an Oil Discovery

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This paper analyzes the macroeconomic impact of an oil discovery wh en there is sluggish adjustment of real rather than nominal wages. A recession (boom) will occur if the share of nontradable employment in total employment is s mall (large), if the share of nontradable consumption in total consumption is large (small) , and if the elasticity of nontradable employment, with respect to wages, is small (large) relative to that of employment in the tradables sector. The effect of the oil discovery on wage pressure is also shown to be crucial in determining the likelihood of a recession. Copyright 1988 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Bean, Charles R, 1988. "Real Wage Rigidity and the Effect of an Oil Discovery," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 40(3), pages 451-462, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:40:y:1988:i:3:p:451-62
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