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State-Dependent Pricing and the Non-Neutrality of Money

  • David Demery

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    Golosov and Lucas (2007) have challenged the view that infrequent price adjustments by firms explains why money has aggregate real output effects. The basis of their challenge is the 'selection effect' - re-setting firms are not selected at random, they are those firms whose prices are furthest from equilibrium. Because of this the aggregate price level is sufficiently flexible for monetary neutrality. In this paper I add price review costs to an otherwise standard Golosov and Lucas model. This weakens the selection effect and restores monetary non-neutrality to a level comparable to that of the Calvo (1983) pricing model.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series Bristol Economics Discussion Papers with number 10/615.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:bri:uobdis:10/615
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    1. Silvia Fabiani & Martine Druant & Ignacio Hernando & Claudia Kwapil & Bettina Landau & Claire Loupias & Fernando Martins & Thomas Mathä & Roberto Sabbatini & Harald Stahl & Ad Stokman, 2005. "The pricing behaviour of firms in the Euro area: new survey evidence," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 0536, Banco de Espa�a.
    2. Silvia Fabiani & Martine Druant & Ignacio Hernando & Claudia Kwapil & Bettina Landau & Claire Loupias & Fernando Martins & Thomas Mathä & Roberto Sabbatini & Harald Stahl & Ad Stokman, 2006. "What Firms' Surveys Tell Us about Price-Setting Behavior in the Euro Area," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 2(3), September.
    3. Dixon, Huw David & Kara, Engin, 2008. "Can we explain inflation persistence in a way that is consistent with the micro-evidence on nominal rigidity?," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2008/22, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
    4. Fernando Alvarez & Francesco Lippi & Luigi Paciello, 2010. "Optimal Price Setting with Observation and Menu Costs," EIEF Working Papers Series 1010, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised May 2010.
    5. Virgiliu Midrigan, 2005. "Is Firm Pricing State or Time-Dependent? Evidence from US Manufacturing," Macroeconomics 0511005, EconWPA.
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