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More Slack than Meets the Eye? Recent Wage Dynamics in Advanced Economies

Gee Hee Hong, Zsoka Koczan, Weicheng Lian and Malhar S Nabar

No 18/50, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: Nominal wage growth in most advanced economies remains markedly lower than it was before the Great Recession of 2008–09. This paper finds that the bulk of the wage slowdown is accounted for by labor market slack, inflation expectations, and trend productivity growth. In particular, there appears to be greater slack than meets the eye. Involuntary part-time employment appears to have weakened wage growth even in economies where headline unemployment rates are now at, or below, their averages in the years leading up to the recession.

Keywords: Economic models; Employment; Labor markets; Unemployment; Wage increases; Monetary policy; wage growth, involuntary part-time employment, Monetary Policy (Targets, Instruments, and Effects), Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03-09
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