DP17011 Firms' Inflation Expectations: New Evidence from France

Author(s): Olivier Coibion, Erwan Gautier, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Frédérique Savignac
Publication Date: February 2022
Keyword(s): Expectations, firms, rational inattention, Surveys
JEL(s): E2, E3, E4
Programme Areas: Monetary Economics and Fluctuations
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Using a new survey of firms' inflation expectations in France, we provide novel evidence about the measurement and formation of inflation expectations on the part of firms. First, French firms report inflation expectations with a smaller, but still positive, bias than households and display less disagreement. Second, we characterize the extent and manner in which the wording of questions matters for the measurement of firms' inflation expectations. Third, we document whether and how the position of the respondent within the firm affects the provided responses. Fourth, because our survey measures firms' expectations about aggregate and firm-level wage growth along with their inflation expectations, we are able to show that expectations about wages are even more condensed than firms' inflation expectations and almost completely uncorrelated with them, indicating that firms perceive little link between price and wage inflation. Finally, an experimental treatment indicates that an exogenous change in firms' inflation expectations has no effect on their aggregate wage expectations.