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Inflation and Output Dynamics in a Model with Labor Market Search and Capital Accumulation

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  • Burkhard Heer
  • Alfred Maussner

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In a sticky-price model with labor market search and habit persistence, Walsh (2005) shows that inertia in the interest rate policy helps to reconcile the inflation and output persistence with empirical observations for the US economy. We show that this finding is sensitive with regard to the introduction of capital formation. While we are able to replicate the findings for the inflation inertia in a model with capital adjustment costs and variable capacity utilization, the output response to an interest shock is found to be too large and no longer hump-shaped in this case. In addition we find that the response of output to a technology shock can only be reconciled with empirical findings if either the adjustment of the utilization rate is very costly or there is only a modest amount of nominal rigidity in the economy.

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  • Burkhard Heer & Alfred Maussner, 2007. "Inflation and Output Dynamics in a Model with Labor Market Search and Capital Accumulation," CESifo Working Paper Series 2036, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Leonardo Melosi & Eran Yashiv & Renato Faccini, 2016. "Hiring and Investment Frictions as Inflation Determinants," 2016 Meeting Papers 1606, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    2. Eran Yashiv & Renato Faccini, 2014. "Inflation Dynamics and Marginal Costs: the Crucial Role of Hiring and Investment Frictions," 2014 Meeting Papers 178, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    3. Edouard Challe & Julien Matheron & Xavier Ragot & Juan F. Rubio‐Ramirez, 2017. "Precautionary saving and aggregate demand," Quantitative Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 8(2), pages 435-478, July.
    4. Auray, Stéphane & de Blas, Beatriz, 2013. "Investment, matching and persistence in a modified cash-in-advance economy," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 591-610.
    5. Heer, Burkhard & Maußner, Alfred, 2015. "The Cash-In-Advance Constraint In Monetary Growth Models With Labor Market Search," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 19(01), pages 144-166, January.
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    7. Agostino Consolo & Matthias S. Hertweck, 2010. "Shocks and Frictions under Right-to-Manage Wage Bargaining: A Transatlantic Perspective," Working papers 2010/01, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.

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    Keywords

    interest rate policy; labor market search; business cycles; inflation; capital adjustment costs;

    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
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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