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Prices and Unit Labor Costs: a New Test of Price Stickiness

  • Sbordone, A.M.

This paper investigates the predictions of a simple optimizing model of nominal price rigidity for the aggregate price level and the dynamics of inflation. The author compares the model's predictions with those of a perfectly competitive, flexible price 'benchmark' model (corresponding to the model of pricing assumed in standard real business cycle models), and evaluate how much the introduction of nominal rigidities improves the model's fit with the data.

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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 653.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:653
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