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Explaining hump-shaped inflation responses to monetary policy shocks

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  • James Yetman

    (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

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According to conventional wisdom, the output effects of a monetary policy shock commence within months of the shock, while most inflationary effects lag significantly. We demonstrate a simple model that can explain the conventional wisdom and is consistent with profit maximizing price setting decisions by firms, based on the assumption that renegotiating existing contracts is costly. Thus, firms jointly choose both their price and the expected length of time for which that price will hold each time they re-contract. We show that such a 'sticky contracting' assumption, combined with menu costs, generates a hump-shaped inflation response to monetary policy shocks. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • James Yetman, 2007. "Explaining hump-shaped inflation responses to monetary policy shocks," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(6), pages 605-617.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:28:y:2007:i:6:p:605-617
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1326
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    1. N. Gregory Mankiw & Ricardo Reis, 2002. "Sticky Information versus Sticky Prices: A Proposal to Replace the New Keynesian Phillips Curve," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 117(4), pages 1295-1328.
    2. Daniel Levy, 2007. "Price rigidity and flexibility: recent theoretical developments," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(6), pages 523-530.
    3. Mohamed Safouane Ben Aïssa & Olivier Musy, 2011. "The Dynamic Properties Of Alternative Assumptions On Price Adjustment In New Keynesian Models," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 63(4), pages 353-384, October.

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