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A Mixed Industrial Structure Magnifies the Importance of Menu Costs

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  • Huw David Dixon

    (York University)

  • Claus Thustrup Hansen

    (University of Copenhagen Institute of Economics)

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New Keynesian literature assumes symmetric industrial structure when analysing explanations of money non-neutrality. This paper analyses the impact of modifying this assumption by allowing for a mixed industrial structure; some industries are characterized by monopolistic competition, others by perfect competition. The mixed industrial structure implies misallocation of labour between the different industries which may contribute to explanations of non-neutrality of money. Following a 5% money increase, the menu costs needed for non-neutrality may be 40 times smaller and ratio of welfare gain over private loss more than 100 times larger than in the corresponding model with a symmetric structure.

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  • Huw David Dixon & Claus Thustrup Hansen, 1997. "A Mixed Industrial Structure Magnifies the Importance of Menu Costs," Discussion Papers 97-11, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:9711
    DOI: 10.1016/S0014-2921(98)00029-4
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    New Keynesian economics; industrial structure;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure

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