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The Missing Link: Monetary Policy and the Labor Share

Cristiano, Cantore, Filippo, Ferroni, Leon-Ledesma, Miguel A. (2020) The Missing Link: Monetary Policy and the Labor Share. Journal of the European Economic Association, . Article Number jvaa034. ISSN 1542-4766. ( (KAR id:81640)


The textbook New-Keynesian (NK) model implies that the labor share is pro-cyclical conditional on a monetary policy shock. We present evidence that a monetary policy tightening robustly increased the labor share and decreased real wages during the Great Moderation period in the US, the Euro Area, the UK, Australia, and Canada. We show that this is inconsistent not only with the basic NK model, but with medium scale NK models commonly used for monetary policy analysis and where it is possible to break the direct link between the labor share and the inverse markup. Our results imply that either NK models are unable to separate the dynamics of the labor share from the markup, or that markups do not respond in the way NK models predict.

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Uncontrolled keywords: School of Economics Macroeconomics, Growth, and History Centre
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Miguel Leon-Ledesma
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 13:53 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 21:06 UTC
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