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0VS452 + 5EN253 Lecture 11 Slides by: Ron Cronovich AGGREGATE SUPPLY Eva Hromádková, 3.5 2010 Learning objectives slide 1 three models of aggregate supply in which output depends positively on the price level in the short run Implication of SRAS curve: the short-run tradeoff between inflation and unemployment known as the Phillips curve A new and improved short run AS curve slide 2 P Y Y : LRAS Y Y (P P ) new SRAS P P : old SRAS Y Consider a more realistic case, in between the two extreme assumptions we considered before. Three models of aggregate supply slide 3 Consider 3 stories that could give us this SRAS: 1. The sticky-wage model 2. The imperfect-information model 3. The sticky-price model Y Y (P P e ) agg. the expected output price level a positive natural rate parameter the actual of output price level 1. The sticky-wage model Main idea slide 4 Assumes that firms and workers negotiate contracts and fix the nominal wage before they know what the price level will turn out to be. The nominal wage, W, they set is the product of a target real wage, , and the expected price level: e W ω P W Pe ω P P (a) Labor De man d (b) Production Funct ion Real wage, Inc om e, output, Y W/P slide 5 W/P 1 Y5 F(L) Y2 W/P 2 d Y1 L 5 L (W/P ) . 4. ... output, . 2. .. . reduces L1 L2 Labor, L L1 L2 Labor, L the real wage 3. ...which raises for a given employment,.. nominal wage, .. (c) Aggre gat e Supply Pr ice level, P Y 5 Y1 a (P 2 Pe ) P2 6. The aggregate P1 supply curve summarizes these changes. 1. An increase in the price Y1 Y2 Inc om e, output, Y level. . 5. ... and income. 1. The sticky-wage model Intuition slide 6 W Pe ω P P If it turns out that then e unemployment and output are P P at their natural rates e Real wage is less than its target, P P so firms hire more workers and output rises above its natural rate e Real wage exceeds its target, so P P firms hire fewer workers and output falls below its natural rate 1. The sticky-wage model Problem slide 7 Implies that the real wage should be counter-cyclical , it should move in the opposite direction as output over the course of business cycles: In booms, when P typically rises, the real wage should fall. In recessions, when P typically falls, the real wage should rise. This prediction does not come true in the real world: The cyclical behavior of the real wage Real world data slide 8 Percentage change in real4 1972 wage 3 1998 1965 2 1960 1997 1999 1 1996 2000 1970 1984 0 1982 1993 1991 1992 -1 1990 -2 1975 -3 1979 1974 -4 1980 -5 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Percentage change in real GDP 2. The imperfect-information model Assumptions slide 9 all wages and prices perfectly flexible, all markets clear each supplier produces one good, consumes many goods each supplier knows the nominal price of the good she produces, but does not know the overall price level 2. The imperfect-information model Main idea slide 10 Supply of each good depends on its relative price: the nominal price of the good divided by the overall price level. Supplier doesn’t know price level at the time she makes her production decision, so uses the expected price level, P e. Suppose P rises but P e does not. Then supplier thinks her relative price has risen, so she produces more. With many producers thinking this way, Y will rise whenever P rises above P e. 3. The sticky-price model Assumptions slide 11 Reasons for sticky prices: long-term contracts between firms and customers menu costs firms do not wish to annoy customers with frequent price changes Assumption: Firms set their own prices (e.g. as in monopolistic competition – firms have some power on the market) The sticky-price model Model slide 12 An individual firm’s desired price is p P a (Y Y ) where a > 0. Suppose two types of firms: • firms with flexible prices, set prices as above • firms with sticky prices must set their price before they know how P and Y will turn out: p P e (Y e Y ) The sticky-price model Model II slide 13 p P (Y Y ) e e Assume firms w/ sticky prices expect that output will equal its natural rate. Then, p Pe To derive the aggregate supply curve, we first find an expression for the overall price level. Let s denote the fraction of firms with sticky prices. Then, we can write the overall price level as The sticky-price model Model III slide 14 P s P e (1 s )[P a(Y Y )] price set by sticky price set by flexible price firms price firms Subtract (1s )P from both sides: sP s P e (1 s )[a(Y Y )] Divide both sides by s : e (1 s ) a P P (Y Y ) s The sticky-price model Implications slide 15 e (1 s ) a P P (Y Y ) e s High P High P If firms expect high prices, then firms who must set prices in advance will set them high. Other firms respond by setting high prices. High Y High P When income is high, the demand for goods is high. Firms with flexible prices set high prices. The greater the fraction of flexible price firms, the smaller is s and the bigger is the effect of Y on P. The sticky-price model AS curve slide 16 e (1 s ) a P P (Y Y ) s Finally, derive AS equation by solving for Y : Y Y (P P e ), s where (1 s )a The sticky-price model Implications slide 17 In contrast to the sticky-wage model, the sticky-price model implies a procyclical real wage: Suppose aggregate output/income falls. Then, Firms see a fall in demand for their products. Firms with sticky prices reduce production, and hence reduce their demand for labor. The leftward shift in labor demand causes the real wage to fall. Summary & implications slide 18 P LRAS Y Y (P P e ) P Pe SRAS e Each of the P P three models of P Pe agg. supply imply the relationship Y summarized by Y the SRAS curve & equation Summary & implications slide 19 SRAS equation: Y Y (P P e ) Suppose a positive AD shock moves output P SRAS2 above its natural rate LRAS and P above the level people SRAS1 had expected. P3 P3e P2 Over time, AD2 P2e P1 P1e P e rises, SRAS shifts up, AD1 and output returns Y to its natural rate. Y2 Y 3 Y1 Y Aggregate Supply The Inflation-Unemployment Tradeoff 20 Increases in aggregate A trade-off between demand causes . . . . . unemployment and inflation. Phillips curve INFLATION RATE Aggregate PRICE LEVEL supply c C b B AD3 a A AD2 AD1 REAL OUTPUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LO2 Aggregate Supply The Phillips Curve 21 The Phillips curve = historical inverse relationship (tradeoff) between the rate of unemployment and the rate of inflation. A.W. Phillips: UK, years 1826-1957 Samuelson and Solow: USA, years 1900-1960 Now, more of a theoretical concept that captures relationship between unemployment and inflation Phillips curve UK 22 The Phillips curve in the UK, 1861 - 1913 Phillips curve? US slide 23 Phillips curve Theoretical introduction slide 24 The Phillips curve states that depends on expected inflation, e cyclical unemployment: the deviation of the actual rate of unemployment from the natural rate supply shocks, e (u u n ) where > 0 is an exogenous constant. Phillips curve How to derive the Phillips Curve from SRAS slide 25 (1) Y Y (P P e ) (2) P P e (1 ) (Y Y ) (3) P P e (1 ) (Y Y ) (4) (P P1 ) ( P e P1 ) (1 )(Y Y ) (5) e (1 ) (Y Y ) (6) (1 ) (Y Y ) (u u n ) (7) e (u u n ) Phillips curve The Phillips Curve and SRAS slide 26 SRAS: Y Y (P P e ) e n Phillips curve: (u u ) SRAS curve: output is related to unexpected movements in the price level Phillips curve: unemployment is related to unexpected movements in the inflation rate Phillips curve Adaptive expectations slide 27 Adaptive expectations: an approach that assumes people form their expectations of future inflation based on recently observed inflation. A simple example: Expected inflation = last year’s actual inflation e 1 Then, the P.C. becomes 1 (u u n ) Phillips curve Inflation inertia slide 28 1 (u u n ) In this form, the Phillips curve implies that inflation has inertia: In the absence of supply shocks or cyclical unemployment, inflation will continue indefinitely at its current rate. Past inflation influences expectations of current inflation, which in turn influences the wages & prices that people set. Existence of NAIRU – Non-Accelerating Inflation rate of unemployment Phillips curve Two causes of rising & falling inflation slide 29 1 (u u n ) demand-pull inflation: inflation resulting from demand shocks. Positive shocks to aggregate demand cause unemployment to fall below its natural rate, which “pulls” the inflation rate up. cost-push inflation: inflation resulting from supply shocks. Adverse supply shocks typically raise production costs and induce firms to raise prices, “pushing” inflation up. Graphing the Phillips curve slide 30 e (u u n ) In the short run, policymakers face a trade-off between and u. 1 The short-run e Phillips Curve u un Shifting the Phillips curve slide 31 People adjust e (u u n ) their expectations over time, so the tradeoff 2 e only holds in 1 e the short run. E.g., an increase in e shifts the n u short-run P.C. u upward. Phillips curve The sacrifice ratio slide 32 To reduce inflation, policymakers can contract agg. demand, causing unemployment to rise above the natural rate. The sacrifice ratio measures the percentage of a year’s real GDP that must be foregone to reduce inflation by 1 percentage point. Estimates vary, but a typical one is 5. Phillips curve The sacrifice ratio II slide 33 Suppose policymakers wish to reduce inflation from 6 to 2 percent. If the sacrifice ratio is 5, then reducing inflation by 4 points requires a loss of 45 = 20 percent of one year’s GDP. This could be achieved several ways, e.g. reduce GDP by 20% for one year reduce GDP by 10% for each of two years reduce GDP by 5% for each of four years The cost of disinflation is lost GDP. One could use Okun’s law to translate this cost into unemployment. Phillips curve Rational expectations slide 34 Ways of modeling the formation of expectations: adaptive expectations: People base their expectations of future inflation on recently observed inflation. rational expectations: People base their expectations on all available information, including information about current and prospective future policies. Phillips curve Painless disinflation? slide 35 Proponents of rational expectations believe that the sacrifice ratio may be very small: Suppose u = u n and = e = 6%, and suppose the Fed announces that it will do whatever is necessary to reduce inflation from 6 to 2 percent as soon as possible. If the announcement is credible, then e will fall, perhaps by the full 4 points. Then, can fall without an increase in u. CASE STUDY The sacrifice ratio for the Volcker disinflation slide 36 1981: = 9.7% Total disinflation = 6.7% 1985: = 3.0% year u un uu n 1982 9.5% 6.0% 3.5% 1983 9.5 6.0 3.5 1984 7.4 6.0 1.4 1985 7.1 6.0 1.1 Total 9.5% CASE STUDY The sacrifice ratio for the Volcker disinflation slide 37 Previous slide: inflation fell by 6.7% total of 9.5% of cyclical unemployment Okun’s law: each 1 percentage point of unemployment implies lost output of 2 percentage points. So, the 9.5% cyclical unemployment translates to 19.0% of a year’s real GDP. Sacrifice ratio = (lost GDP)/(total disinflation) = 19/6.7 = 2.8 percentage points of GDP were lost for each 1 percentage point reduction in inflation. The natural rate hypothesis slide 38 Our analysis of the costs of disinflation, and of economic fluctuations in the preceding chapters, is based on the natural rate hypothesis: Changes in aggregate demand affect output and employment only in the short run. In the long run, the economy returns to the levels of output, employment, and unemployment described by the classical model. Chapter summary slide 39 1. Three models of aggregate supply in the short run: sticky-wage model imperfect-information model sticky-price model All three models imply that output rises above its natural rate when the price level rises above the expected price level. Chapter summary slide 40 2. Phillips curve derived from the SRAS curve states that inflation depends on expected inflation cyclical unemployment supply shocks presents policymakers with a short-run tradeoff between inflation and unemployment

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