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Does state-dependent pricing imply coordination failure?

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  • Alexander L. Wolman

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The analysis in Ball and Romer [1991] suggests that models with fixed costs of changing price may be rife with multiple equilibria; in their static model price adjustment is always characterized by strategic complementarity, a necessary condition for multiplicity. We extend Ball and Romer's analysis to a dynamic setting. In steady states of the dynamic model, we find only weak complementarity and no evidence of multiplicity, although nonexistence of symmetric steady state with pure strategies does arise in a small number of cases.

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  • Alexander L. Wolman, 1999. "Does state-dependent pricing imply coordination failure?," Working Paper 99-05, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
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    1. Driscoll John C & Ito Harumi, 2003. "Sticky Prices, Coordination and Enforcement," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 3(1), pages 1-25, September.
    2. Huang, Kevin X.D. & Meng, Qinglai, 2007. "Capital and macroeconomic instability in a discrete-time model with forward-looking interest rate rules," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 2802-2826, August.
    3. Russell Cooper & Andrew John, 2000. "Imperfect competition and macroeconomics : Theory and quantitative implications," Cahiers d'Économie Politique, Programme National Persée, vol. 37(1), pages 289-328.

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    Monetary policy ; Prices ; Mathematical models;

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