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Efficiency wages, nominal rigidities, and the cyclical behavior of real wages and marginal cost

  • Michael T. Kiley

This paper presents a model in which efficiency wages generate acyclical real wages but do not lower the sensitivity of marginal cost to output or increase price stickiness. Consideration of previous models suggests that efficiency wages are a poor source of real rigidity.

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Paper provided by Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) in its series Finance and Economics Discussion Series with number 1997-24.

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Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfe:1997-24
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