Inflation and Labor Market Flexibility: The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

@inproceedings{Loboguerrero2003InflationAL,
  title={Inflation and Labor Market Flexibility: The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease},
  author={Ana Maria Loboguerrero and Ugo Panizza},
  year={2003}
}
Inflation can “grease” the wheels of the labor market by relaxing downward wage rigidity but it can also increase uncertainty and have a negative “sand” effect. This paper studies the grease effect of inflation by looking at whether the interaction between inflation and labor market regulations affects how employment responds to changes in output. The results show that in industrial countries with highly regulated labor markets, the grease effect of inflation dominates the sand effect. In the… CONTINUE READING

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