Evaluating the German (New Keynesian) Phillips Curve / Rolf Scheufele
VerfasserScheufele, Rolf
ErschienenHalle (Saale) : Inst. für Wirtschaftsforschung, Aug. 2008 ; Halle, Saale : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, Aug. 2008
UmfangOnline-Ressource (PDF-Datei: 39 S.) : graph. Darst.
Zsfassungen in dt. und engl. Sprache
SerieIWH-Diskussionspapiere ; 2008,10
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Evaluating the German (New Keynesian) Phillips Curve [0.31 mb]
This paper evaluates the New Keynesian Phillips Curve (NKPC) and its hybrid variant within a limited information framework for Germany. The main interest rests on the average frequency of price re-optimization of firms. We use the labor income share as the driving variable and consider a source of real rigidity by allowing for a fixed firm-specific capital stock. A GMM estimation strategy is employed as well as an identification robust method that is based upon the Anderson-Rubin statistic. We find out that the German Phillips Curve is purely forward looking. Moreover our point estimates are consistent with the view that firms re-optimize prices every two to three quarters. While these estimates seem plausible from an economic point of view the uncertainties around these estimates are very large and also consistent with perfect nominal price rigidity where firms never re-optimize prices. This analysis also offers some explanations why previous results for the German NKPC based on GMM differ considerably. First standard GMM results are very sensitive to the way how orthogonality conditions are formulated. Additionally model misspeci?cations may be left undetected by conventional J tests. Taken together this analysis points out the need for identification robust methods to get reliable estimates for the NKPC. -- Inflation dynamics ; Phillips Curve ; Weak Instruments ; Optimal Instruments