Real wage rigidities and the New Keynesian model / Olivier Blanchard, Jordi Galí
- Blanchard, Olivier (Olivier J.)
- Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 
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- 36 pages ; 22 cm.
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- Galí, Jordi, 1961- and National Bureau of Economic Research
- "Most central banks perceive a trade-off between stabilizing inflation and stabilizing the gap between output and desired output. However, the standard new Keynesian framework implies no such trade-off. In that framework, stabilizing inflation is equivalent to stabilizing the welfare-relevant output gap. In this paper, we argue that this property of the new Keynesian framework, which we call the "divine coincidence", is due to a special feature of the model: the absence of non trivial real imperfections. We focus on one such real imperfection, namely, real wage rigidities. When the baseline new Keynesian model is extended to allow for real wage rigidities, the divine coincidence disappears, and central banks indeed face a trade-off between stabilizing inflation and stabilizing the welfare-relevant output gap. We show that not only does the extended model have more realistic normative implications, but it also has appealing positive properties. In particular, it provides a natural interpretation for the dynamic inflation--unemployment relation found in the data"--National Bureau of Economic Research web site.
- "November 2005."
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 27-29).
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- Also available in PDF from the NBER world wide web site (www.nber.org).
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