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Title How Rigid Are Nominal-Wage Rates?
Author(s) Allan Crawford
Type Working Paper 2001-8
Date of
May 2001
Language English

This study examines the effect of nominal-wage rigidities on wage growth in Canada using a hazard model and micro data for union contracts. The hazard model is specified in a way that allows considerable flexibility in the shape of the estimated notional wage-change distribution. This notional distribution is compared with the observed distribution to estimate the net effect of downward nominal-wage rigidity and menu costs on wage growth. Estimates from alternative versions of the model suggest that the net effect on the average annual growth rate of wages was in the range of 0.10 to 0.18 percentage points in the unionized private sector during the low-inflation period of the 1990s.

topic index
Labour markets; Inflation targets
E24, E52, E61

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