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Firm-specific capital, nominal rigidities, and the Taylor principle

In the presence of firm-specific capital the Taylor principle can generate multiple equilibria. Sveen and Weinke (2005b) obtain that result in the context of a Calvo-tyle sticky price model. One potential criticism is that the price stickiness which is needed for our theoretical result to be relevant from a practical point of view is somewhat to the high part of available empirical estimates. In the present paper we show that if nominal wages are not fully flexible (which is an uncontroversial empirical fact) then the Taylor principle fails already for some minor degree of price stickiness. We use our model to explain the consequences of both nominal rigidities for the desirability of alternative interest rate rules.

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Paper provided by Norges Bank in its series Working Paper with number 2006/06.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 31 May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2006_06
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