DP959 Price Inertia and Production Lags

Author(s): Assar Lindbeck, Dennis J. Snower
Publication Date: July 1994
Keyword(s): New Keynesian Economics, Price Inertia, Price Rigidities, Production Lags
JEL(s): D1, D43, D57, E12, E31, E32
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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The paper shows how prolonged price inertia can arise in a macroeconomic system in which there are temporary price rigidities as well as production lags in the use of intermediate goods. In this context, changes in product demand -- generated, say, by changes in the money supply -- have long-lasting price and quantity effects. Specifically, a temporary demand shift generates `persistence' in price-quantity decisions, in the sense that the price-quantity effects of this shift persist for long after the shift has disappeared. A permanent demand shift generates `sluggishness' in price-quantity decisions, in the sense that the full price effects of the shift take a long time to appear and that meanwhile quantity effects are present.