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Wealth Effects, Price Markups, and the Neo-Fisherian Hypothesis


Abstract: By introducing Jaimovich-Rebelo (JR) consumption-labor nonseparable preferences into an otherwise standard New Keynesian model, we show that the occurrence of positive comovement between inflation and the nominal interest rate conditional on a nominal shock - the so-called neo-Fisherian hypothesis - depends on the extent of wealth effects in households’ labor supply decisions. Neo-Fisherianism appears more prominent in economic environments with i) weaker wealth effects on labor supply (in particular for Greenwood-Hercowitz-Huffmann preferences where wealth effects are absent), and ii) smaller price-to-wage markups (for which the steady state is less distorted). The stabilizing properties of Taylor rules under JR preferences are scrutinized.

Keywords: Monetary Policy; Neo-Fisherianism; Wealth Effects; Markups;

JEL Classification: E40; E50;

https://doi.org/10.26509/frbc-wp-202127

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2021-11-17

Number: 202127