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The interaction between the central bank and a monopoly union revisited: does greater uncertainty about monetary policy reduce average inflation?

  • Luigi Bonatti

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    Previous papers modeling the interaction between the central bank and a monopoly union demonstrated that greater monetary policy uncertainty induces the union to reduce nominal wages. This paper shows that this result does not hold in general, since it depends on peculiar specifications of the union’s objective function. In particular, I show that greater monetary policy uncertainty raises the nominal wage whenever union members tend to be more sensitive to the risk of getting low real wages than to the risk of remaining unemployed. This conclusion appears consistent with the evidence showing that greater monetary authority’s transparency reduces average inflation.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 0716.

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    Date of creation: 2007
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