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Inflation and wage rigidity/flexibility in the short run

Seonyoung Park and Donggyun Shin

No 8012, Working Paper Series from Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance

Abstract: A recent literature uses accurate wage data from payroll records and provides compelling evidence against the conventional belief that nominal wages are downward sticky. This paper provides a unique contribution to this literature by conducting a formal analysis of the role of inflation in cyclical wage rigidity/flexibility. Analysis of payroll-based wage data from the Korean labor market for the period 1971 to 2014 finds that the degree of downward nominal wage flexibility is countercyclical, and the countercyclicality becomes stronger during a deflationary, relative to inflationary, recession. This serves as a counter-example to the conventional theory of cyclical wage rigidity.

Keywords: Cyclicality; Downward nominal wage rigidity; Inflation; Recession; Establishment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019
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