Bruchez, Pierre-Alain (2007): Small price change response to a large devaluation in a menu cost model.
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In an empirical paper based on five large devaluation episodes in Argentina, Brazil, Korea, Mexico and Thailand, Burstein and al. (2005a) find a very slow adjustment in the prices of non-tradable goods and services after large devaluations. Burnstein and al. (2005b) develop a quantitative general-equilibrium model that can account for this phenomenon. I consider an alternative, simpler model and explore under which conditions moderate menu costs can explain the muted response of the prices of non-tradables. The key new element in this alternative model is a nominal friction in wage-setting (generated by menu costs for changing wages). I find, for example, that although my model is based on menu costs, it is able to deliver not only constant prices of non-tradables, but also small price changes (in reality these prices do change, albeit by far less than the exchange rate). I also discuss the existence of multiple equilibria and the role of central-bank credibility.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Small price change response to a large devaluation in a menu cost model|
|Keywords:||large devaluation; exchange rate; pass-through; sticky prices; sticky wages|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F31 - Foreign Exchange|
|Depositing User:||Pierre-Alain Bruchez|
|Date Deposited:||15. Jun 2007|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 09:12|
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