Economics at your fingertips  

What’s behind firms’ inflation forecasts?

Cristina Conflitti () and Roberta Zizza ()
Additional contact information
Cristina Conflitti: Banca d’Italia

Empirical Economics, 2021, vol. 61, issue 5, No 5, 2449-2475

Abstract: Abstract On what do firms base their expectations about future inflation? We investigate this by exploiting the Survey of Inflation and Growth Expectations carried out by Banca d’Italia and Il Sole 24 Ore on a sample of Italian firms. Several sources of information contribute to shaping short- and long-term expectations, such as media reports, professional forecasts, personal shopping experience, the inflation experienced when dealing with suppliers and the contract collective bargaining agreements. We find that firms’ inflation expectations are significantly affected by wage increases; being treated with the information on past inflation also plays a part. By estimating a price pass-through of wages at the firm level, we also argue that the process of prices’ adjustment following a contract renewal matters for shaping the view of entrepreneurs on consumer prices at the macro-level.

Keywords: Inflation expectations; Survey data; Wages; Information rigidity; Price pass-through (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 E24 E31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... rics/journal/181/PS2

DOI: 10.1007/s00181-020-01958-5

Access Statistics for this article

Empirical Economics is currently edited by Robert M. Kunst, Arthur H.O. van Soest, Bertrand Candelon, Subal C. Kumbhakar and Joakim Westerlund

More articles in Empirical Economics from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().

Page updated 2022-09-29
Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:61:y:2021:i:5:d:10.1007_s00181-020-01958-5