Sticky Wages and the Great Depression: Evidence from the United Kingdom

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How sticky were wages during the Great Depression? Although classic accounts emphasize the importance of nominal rigidity in amplifying deflationary shocks, the evidence is limited. In this paper, I calculate the degree of nominal wage rigidity in the United Kingdom between the wars using new granular data covering millions of wages.

I find that nominal wages were more flexible downwards than in most modern economies, but that the frequency and magnitude of wage cuts were too low to fully offset
StatusPublished - 2021


NamnLSE Economic History Working Papers
FörlagEconomic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Ekonomisk historia


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