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Capacity utilization and Monetary Policy

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  • Pedro Pablo Álvarez Lois

    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

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This paper presents a model featuring variable utilization rates across firms due to production inflexibilities and idiosyncratic demand uncertainty. Within a New Keynesian framework, we show how the corresponding bottlenecks and stock-outs generate asymmetries in the transmission mechanism of monetary policy. We derive an expression for the Phillips curve where the dynamics of inflation depend on real marginal costs and on a measure of resource underutilization.

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  • Pedro Pablo Álvarez Lois, 2003. "Capacity utilization and Monetary Policy," Working Papers 0306, Banco de España.
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    Keywords

    Capacity Constraints; Nominal Rigidities Idiosyncratic Uncertainty; Asymmetries;
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    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical

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