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The Welfare Costs of Nominal Wage Contracting

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We use a dynamic general equilibrium model to obtain quantitative estimates of the welfare costs of nominal wage contracts. We find that the welfare costs of such contracts can vary quite a bit depending on the degree of indexation, the size and persistence of money supply uncertainty and the contract length. However, the size and persistence of the technology shocks do not affect the welfare costs very much. The welfare costs of nominal wage contracting depend also on the elasticity of labor supply. If the elasticity of labor supply is small, the welfare costs can be substantial. We also study how contract length might respond to changes in the environment. The results show that contract length may not be very sensitive to the size and the persistence of real and nominal shocks.

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  • Jang-Ok Cho & Thomas Cooley & Louis Phaneuf, 1994. "The Welfare Costs of Nominal Wage Contracting," Cahiers de recherche CREFE / CREFE Working Papers 30, CREFE, Université du Québec à Montréal, revised 22 Jan 1996.
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    Keywords

    business cycles; nominal wage contracts; indexation;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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