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Stock-Returns and Inflation in a Principal-Agent Economy

  • Jovanovic, B.
  • Ueda, M.

We study a monetary in which final goods sell on spot markets, while labor and dividends sell through contracts. Firms and workers confuse absolute and relative price changes: A positive price-level shock makes sellers think they are producing better goods than they really are. They split this apparent windfall with workers who get a higher real wage. Hence, unexpected inflation shifts real income from firms (the principals) to workers (the agents) and thereby lowers stock-returns.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 98-15.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:cvs:starer:98-15
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