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Uncertainty and labor contract durations


Abstract: This paper provides an empirical investigation into the relationship between ex ante U.S. labor contract durations and uncertainty over the period 1970 to 1995. We construct measures of inflation uncertainty as well as aggregate nominal and real uncertainty. The results not only corroborate previous findings of an inverse relationship between contract durations and inflation uncertainty, but also document that this relationship extends to both measures of aggregate uncertainty. We also explore the robustness of this relationship to various measures of inflation uncertainty that have appeared in the literature.

Keywords: Labor contract; Inflation (Finance);

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Part of Series: Staff Reports

Publication Date: 2000

Number: 106