Discussion paper

DP7339 Sectoral Price Data and Models of Price Setting

We estimate impulse responses of sectoral price indexes to aggregate shocks and to sector-specific shocks. In the median sector, 100 percent of the long-run response of the sectoral price index to a sector-specific shock occurs in the month of the shock. The standard Calvo model and the standard sticky-information model can match this finding only under extreme assumptions concerning the profit-maximizing price. The rational-inattention model of Ma´ckowiak and Wiederholt (2009a) can match this finding without an extreme assumption concerning the profit-maximizing price. Furthermore, there is little variation across sectors in the speed of response of sectoral price indexes to sector-specific shocks. The rational-inattention model matches this finding, while the Calvo model predicts too much cross-sectional variation.


Mackowiak, B, M Wiederholt and E Moench (2009), ‘DP7339 Sectoral Price Data and Models of Price Setting‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 7339. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp7339