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Real Wage Rigidities and the Cost of Disinflations

  • Guido Ascari
  • Christian Merkl

This paper analyzes the cost of disinflation under real wage rigidities in a micro-founded New Keynesian model. Unlike Blanchard and Galí (2007) who carried out a similar analysis in a linearized framework, we take non-linearities into account. We show that the results change dramatically, both qualitatively and quantitatively, for the steady states and for the dynamic adjustment paths. In particular, a disinflation implies a prolonged slump without any need for real wage rigidities.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1312.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1312
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