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Pricing Behaviour and the Cost-Push Channel of Monetary Policy

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  • Gilberto Tadeu Lima
  • Mark Setterfield

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This paper examines the empirical and theoretical status of the cost-push channel of monetary policy, according to which interest rates affect the costs of production and hence pricing behaviour. Particular attention is paid to modelling the cost-push channel in a manner consistent with cost-plus pricing theory, which is identified as the canonical model of pricing behaviour in heterodox economics. It is shown that different variants of cost-plus pricing behaviour give rise to qualitatively different specifications of the cost-push channel, with important consequences for macrodynamics and the conduct of monetary policy.

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  • Gilberto Tadeu Lima & Mark Setterfield, 2010. "Pricing Behaviour and the Cost-Push Channel of Monetary Policy," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 19-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:22:y:2010:i:1:p:19-40
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250903391863
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    1. Guglielmo Forges Davanzati, 2014. "Unemployment benefits, the 'added worker effect' and income distribution in a monetary economy," Working Papers PKWP1402, Post Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG).
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    5. Soon Ryoo & Peter Skott, 2017. "Fiscal and Monetary Policy Rules in an Unstable Economy," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 68(3), pages 500-548, July.
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    8. Azad, Rohit, 2016. "Plurality in Teaching Macroeconomics," MPRA Paper 76340, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Rohit Azad, 2017. "Plurality in Teaching Macroeconomics," Working Papers 1719, New School for Social Research, Department of Economics.

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