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Wage-Indexation, Informational Externalities, and Monetary Policy


  • Adolph, Brigitte
  • Wolfstetter, Elmar


This paper proposes a contract theory of wage-price indexation, assuming labor contracts that stipulate labor time and workers' renumeration and an economy subject to real and monetary disturbances. Novel features are the analysis of indexation as a statistical inference problem and the modeling of a contract economy in which the price level may be informative, but which is plagued by informational externalities. Several results differ from the traditional literature. In particular, the authors explain why full indexation occurs under plausible circumstances, why indexation gives rise to a social efficiency problem, and why monetary stabilization improves welfare--despite rational expectations and optimal indexation. Copyright 1991 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Adolph, Brigitte & Wolfstetter, Elmar, 1991. "Wage-Indexation, Informational Externalities, and Monetary Policy," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 43(3), pages 368-390, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:43:y:1991:i:3:p:368-90

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    1. Marion, Nancy P., 1984. "Nontraded goods, oil price increases and the current account," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(1-2), pages 29-44, February.
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    1. David Eagle & Dale Domian, 2005. "Quasi-Real Indexing-- The Pareto-Efficient Solution to Inflation Indexing," Finance 0509017, EconWPA.
    2. Frank Heinemann, 2003. "The Inflationary Impact of Wage Indexation," CESifo Working Paper Series 867, CESifo Group Munich.

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