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Staggered Wages and Disinflation Dynamics: What Can More Microfoundations Tell Us?

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  • Ascari, Guido
  • Rankin, Neil

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We study the output costs of a reduction in monetary growth in a dynamic general equilibrium model with staggered wages. As in John Taylor’s approach, the money wage is fixed for two periods, but in our model it is also chosen according to intertemporal optimization, as are consumption and money demand. Agents have labour market monopoly power. We show that the introduction of microfoundations helps to resolve the puzzle recently raised by Laurence Ball, namely that disinflation in staggered pricing models causes a boom. In our model disinflation, whether unanticipated or anticipated, unambiguously causes a slump.

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  • Ascari, Guido & Rankin, Neil, 1997. "Staggered Wages and Disinflation Dynamics: What Can More Microfoundations Tell Us?," CEPR Discussion Papers 1763, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1763
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    1. Guido Ascari, 2004. "Staggered Prices and Trend Inflation: Some Nuisances," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 7(3), pages 642-667, July.
    2. Ascari, Guido, 1998. "Superneutrality Of Money In Staggered Wage-Setting Models," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 2(03), pages 383-400, September.
    3. Huw Dixon, 1999. "New Keynesian economics, nominal rigidities and involuntary unemployment," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(2), pages 221-238.
    4. Özge Senay, "undated". "Disinflation Dynamics in an Open Economy General Equilibrium Model," Discussion Papers 98/15, Department of Economics, University of York.

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    Keywords

    Disinflation; dynamic general equilibrium; staggered wages;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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