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Understanding and Modelling Reset Price Inflation

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  • Engin Kara

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Bils, Klenow and Malin (forthcoming) (BKM) constructed a measure of reset price inflation (i.e. the rate of change of all "desired" prices) for the US. They argue that the existing pricing models cannot explain the observed reset inflation and aggregate inflation. In this paper, I show that a model that can account for the heterogeneity in contract lengths we observe in the data matches the data on both series. I also show that the BKM measure of reset inflation is a flawed measure of the concept they wish to measure and can be quite misleading.

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  • Engin Kara, 2011. "Understanding and Modelling Reset Price Inflation," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 11/623, School of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
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    Keywords

    DSGE models; reset inflation; GE; Calvo; price-level targeting.;
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    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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