Downward wage rigidity and wage restraint
Wolf, Martin

Date: 2018
Abstract: The combination of downward nominal wage rigidity and pegged exchange rate creates an externality which leads to excessive wage inflation (Schmitt-Groh_e and Uribe, 2016). This paper re-examines this result assuming that wage setters are forward looking, hence endogenously restrain wage increases facing downward wage rigidity, as in Elsby (2009). In this case, wage inflation is either excessively high or excessively low compared to the social optimum: while wages increase too strongly following demand shocks, they rise by too little following Balassa-Samuelson-type technology shocks. Applying the model to euro area countries, I document excessively high wage inflation rates in the euro periphery, but excessively low rates in the euro core, in the pre-crisis period.
Abstract: The ADEMU Working Paper Series is being supported by the European Commission Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research & Innovation, grant agreement No 649396.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció EC/H2020/649396
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Language: Anglès.
Series: Barcelona Graduate School of Economics: ADEMU working paper series
Series: ADEMU Working Paper Series ; 126
Document: workingPaper
Subject: Downward nominal wage rigidity ; Currency peg ; Unemployment ; Euro crisis ; Unit labour costs ; Real exchange rate ; Wage restraint

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