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Nominal Wage Contracts, Labor Adjustment Costs and the Business Cycle

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  • Zuzana Janko

    (University of Calgary)

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Previous work of monetary dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models with nominal rigidity a la Taylor, particularly the Cho-Cooley model, was abandoned in favor of the New-Keynesian analysis due to the model's failure to deliver business cycle statistics that match the U.S. economy along some key dimensions. In this paper, we take a step in revitalizing the Cho-Cooley avenue of research. We add empirically plausible labor adjustment costs (LAC) into a model with nominal wage rigidity and find that with LAC our model is able to overcome some of the shortcomings otherwise present in the Cho-Cooley framework, specifically high standard deviations of real variables and a countercyclical productivity. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Zuzana Janko, 2008. "Nominal Wage Contracts, Labor Adjustment Costs and the Business Cycle," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 11(2), pages 434-448, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:06-23
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2007.08.004
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    Taylor nominal wage contracts; Labor adjustment costs; Business cycles;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers

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