Is Increased Price Flexibility Stabilizing?
This paper uses Taylor's model of overlapping contracts to show that increased wage and price flexibility can easily be destabilizing. This result arises because of the Mundell effect. While lower prices increase output, the expectation of falling prices decreases output. Simulations based on realistic parameter values suggest that increases in price flexibility might bell increase the cyclical variability of output in the United States.
|Date of creation:||Aug 1985|
|Publication status:||published as DeLong, T. Bradford and Lawrence H. Summers. "Is Increased Price Flexibility Stabilizing?" American Economic Review, Vol. 76, No. 5, (December 1986),pp. 1031-1044.|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.|
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- Taylor, John B, 1980.
"Aggregate Dynamics and Staggered Contracts,"
Journal of Political Economy,
University of Chicago Press, vol. 88(1), pages 1-23, February.
- Taylor, John B, 1979. "Staggered Wage Setting in a Macro Model," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 69(2), pages 108-113, May.
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