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The effects of inflation on wage adjustments in firm-level data: grease or sand?

  • Erica L. Groshen
  • Mark E. Schweitzer

An analysis of whether inflation facilitates adjustments to shocks or distorts relative prices, examining the wage-setting process across a panel of occupations and employers and finding that the costs of inflation may rise more rapidly than its benefits beyond quite modest rates of increase in the price level.

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