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Time-dependent or state-dependent wage-setting? Evidence from periods of macroeconomic instability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Journal of Monetary Economics, ISSN 0304-3932, E-ISSN 1873-1295, Vol. 78, 50-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Administrative data on monthly wages in Iceland during 1998-2010 provide new insight into nominal wage rigidity. Unlike the data used in previous work, ours have a higher frequency, minimal measurement error, and a long sample including a period of substantial macroeconomic instability. We find that the monthly frequency of nominal wage changes is 13 percent. Although nominal wage cuts are rare, their frequency rises following a large macroeconomic shock. Timing of wage changes is both time-dependent and state-dependent: we find evidence of synchronization of adjustment and contracts of fixed duration, but also that inflation and unemployment over the wage spell affect the timing of adjustment.

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2016. Vol. 78, 50-66 p.
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Wage rigidity, Wage setting, Microdata evidence
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130884DOI: 10.1016/j.jmoneco.2016.01.001ISI: 000374368400004OAI: diva2:933894
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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