The Wage-Price Spiral : Industrial Country Evidence and Implications

Author/Editor:

Magda E. Kandil

Publication Date:

August 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Using quarterly time-series data for a sample of twelve industrial countries, the paper investigates the dynamics of nominal wage and price adjustments in the face of aggregate demand shocks. The evidence illustrates patterns of the wage-price spiral and accompanying fluctuations. During economic expansions, the overlap of nominal adjustments in labor and product markets prolongs output expansion while maintaining or increasing the standard of living. In contrast, structural and institutional settings appear to have moderated the severity of the effects of contractionary demand shocks on real output growth and the standard of living in the variety of countries under investigation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/164

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858013/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1642003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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