DP1763 Staggered Wages and Disinflation Dynamics: What Can More Microfoundations Tell Us?

Author(s): Guido Ascari, Neil Rankin
Publication Date: December 1997
Keyword(s): Disinflation, dynamic general equilibrium, staggered wages
JEL(s): E31, E52
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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We study the output costs of a reduction in monetary growth in a dynamic general equilibrium model with staggered wages. As in John Taylor?s approach, the money wage is fixed for two periods, but in our model it is also chosen according to intertemporal optimization, as are consumption and money demand. Agents have labour market monopoly power. We show that the introduction of microfoundations helps to resolve the puzzle recently raised by Laurence Ball, namely that disinflation in staggered pricing models causes a boom. In our model disinflation, whether unanticipated or anticipated, unambiguously causes a slump.