How much inflation is necessary to grease the wheels?

Jinill Kim, Francisco J. Ruge-Murcia

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Abstract

Tobin's proposition that inflation "greases" the wheels of the labor market is studied using a simple dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with asymmetric wage adjustment costs. The simulated method of moments is used to estimate the nonlinear model based on its second-order approximation. Optimal inflation is determined by a benevolent government that maximizes the households' welfare. Econometric results indicate that nominal wages are downwardly rigid and that the optimal level of grease inflation for the U.S. economy is about 0.35% per year, with a 95% confidence interval ranging from 0.04% to 0.87%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-377
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

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Inflation
Wages
Labour market
Household welfare
Econometrics
Simulated method of moments
Government
Dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model
Adjustment costs
Second-order approximation
US economy
Confidence interval

Keywords

  • Asymmetric adjustment costs
  • Downward wage rigidity
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Optimal inflation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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How much inflation is necessary to grease the wheels? / Kim, Jinill; Ruge-Murcia, Francisco J.

In: Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 56, No. 3, 01.04.2009, p. 365-377.

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Kim, Jinill ; Ruge-Murcia, Francisco J. / How much inflation is necessary to grease the wheels?. In: Journal of Monetary Economics. 2009 ; Vol. 56, No. 3. pp. 365-377.
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