32 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2004
Date Written: August 1985
This paper uses Taylor's model of overlapping contracts to show that increased wage and price flexibility can easily be destabilizing. This result arises because of the Mundell effect. While lower prices increase output, the expectation of falling prices decreases output. Simulations based on realistic parameter values suggest that increases in price flexibility might bell increase the cyclical variability of output in the United States.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
DeLong, J. Bradford and Summers, Lawrence H., Is Increased Price Flexibility Stabilizing? (August 1985). NBER Working Paper No. w1686. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227192
By Robert Hall
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