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Monetary Policy and the Cost of Heterogeneous Wage Rigidity: Evidence from the Stock Market

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  • Faia, Ester
  • Pezone, Vincenzo

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Using a unique confidential contract level dataset merged with firm-level asset price data, we find robust evidence that firms' stock market valuations and employment levels respond more to monetary policy announcements the higher the degree of wage rigidity. Data on the renegotiations of collective bargaining agreements allow us to construct an exogenous measure of wage rigidity. We also find that the amplification induced by wage rigidity is stronger for firms with high labor intensity and low profitability, providing evidence of distributional consequences of monetary policy. We rationalize the evidence through a model in which firms in different sectors feature different degrees of wage rigidity due to staggered renegotiations vis-a-vis unions.

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  • Faia, Ester & Pezone, Vincenzo, 2018. "Monetary Policy and the Cost of Heterogeneous Wage Rigidity: Evidence from the Stock Market," CEPR Discussion Papers 13407, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Bernardo Fanfani, 2019. "The Employment Effects of Collective Bargaining," Working papers 064, Department of Economics and Statistics (Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Sociali e Matematico-Statistiche), University of Torino.
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