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Price setting and the steady-state effects of inflation

  • Miguel Casares


This paper examines how price setting plays a key role in explaining the steady-state effects of inflation in a monopolistic competition economy with transactions-facilitating money. Three pricing variants (optimal prices, indexed prices, and unchanged prices) are introduced through a generalization of the Calvo-type setting that allows price indexation. We found that in an economy with less indexed prices, the steady-state negative impact of inflation on output is higher. Regarding welfare analysis, our results support a long-run monetary policy aimed at price stability with a close-to-zero inflation target. This finding is robust to any price setting scenario. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

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Volume (Year): 6 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 267-289

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Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:6:y:2004:i:4:p:267-289
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