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Labor market regimes and the effects of monetary policy

Nicola Acocella, Giovanni Di Bartolomeo () and Douglas Hibbs ()

No 145, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper we use a standard multi-union, monopolistic competition model to evaluate analytically and numerically the effects of monetary policy on inflation and unemployment under different institutional arrangements in the labor market that are defined by the rigidity of nominal wages. We show that the effects of monetary policy on the real economy depend critically on the wage formation regime, and on the ways in which the restrictiveness of policy interacts with product price competition, wage setting centralization and the utility weight unions place on real wage premiums as compared to unemployment. Our interpretation of the results emphasizes how the posture of monetary policy toward inflation influences the strategic calculations driving unions’ wage setting behavior in different institutional environments.

Keywords: Policy games; monetary policy neutrality; trade unions; monopolistic competition; labor markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 E58 J51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2004-08-11, Revised 2006-05-12
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Published in Journal of Macreconomics, 2008, pages 134-156.

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