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Sticky Price Models, Durable Goods, and Real Wage Rigidities

  • M. Alper Çenesiz

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    (cef.up, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Luís Guimarães

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    (cef.up, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

The standard two-sector New Keynesian model with durable goods is at odds with conventional wisdom and VAR evidence: Following a monetary shock, it generates (i) either negative or no comovement across sectoral outputs, and (ii) aggregate neutrality of money when durable-goods' prices are flexible. We reconcile theory with evidence by incorporating real wage rigidities into the standard model: As long as durable-goods' prices are more flexible than nondurable-goods' prices, we obtain positive sectoral comovement and, thus, aggregate non-neutrality of money.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series CEF.UP Working Papers with number 1305.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:por:cetedp:1305
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