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Expectations, Rationality And Economic Performance

Expectations, Rationality And Economic Performance

Models and Experiments

Tobias F. Rötheli

Tobias F. Rötheli, Professor of Economics, University of Erfurt, Germany

2007 224 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 742 9
2009 Paperback 978 1 84844 468 3
ebook isbn 978 1 78195 107 1

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‘For more than 200 years, economists have debated the microfoundations of their science. There is only one way forward and that is to carefully examine the nature and the rationality of decision processes. Professor Rötheli’s book is unique. He offers an idiosyncratic blend of theoretical analysis and experimental research that enlightens and provokes.’
– Werner F.M. De Bondt, DePaul University, US

This book offers a broad perspective on the economics of expectations. Experimental studies are used to analyze how human bounded rationality affects economic performance. The challenges posed for policy making are also addressed.

Contents
Contents: Preface Part I: Models and Tools 1. Markets and Expectations 2. Expected Utility Maximization 3. Effects of Heterogeneous Expectations 4. Forecasting Among Alternative Strategies under Uncertainty 5. Expectations in Time Series Models Part II: Experiments and Applications 6. Costly Information and Decision Making 7. Applied Welfare Economics with Boundedly Rational Expectations 8. Pattern Recognition as the Basis of Expectations 9. Pattern-Based Expectations and Financial Markets 10. Anticipations and Coordination Failures 11. Money, Transactions and Expectations References Index

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‘To a significant extent, the book is at the cutting edge of much economic thinking in microeconomics. . . it brings together nicely material on uncertainty, expectations and cognitive limitations and relates this to recent work in experimental economics.’
– Geoffrey M. Hodgson, University of Hertfordshire, UK

‘For more than 200 years, economists have debated the microfoundations of their science. There is only one way forward and that is to carefully examine the nature and the rationality of decision processes. Professor Rötheli’s book is unique. He offers an idiosyncratic blend of theoretical analysis and experimental research that enlightens and provokes.’
– Werner F.M. De Bondt, DePaul University, US

This book offers a broad perspective on the economics of expectations. Experimental studies are used to analyse how human bounded rationality affects economic performance. The challenges posed for policy making are also addressed.

Tobias Rötheli begins by presenting the basic tools and theoretical models necessary to our understanding of rational and boundedly rational expectations and their role in economic life. Key topics discussed include expectations in general equilibrium theory, probabilities and expected utility, heterogeneity of economic agents, behavioural alternatives to forecasting and the effects of expectations heuristics, particularly in financial markets. The author then goes on to explore the fascinating insights behavioural economics – the empirical analysis of economic decision making – has to offer. Here experimental studies illustrate the effects of costly information, the role of pattern recognition as basis of expectations, anticipation and coordination failures, and the role of expectations in determining the general price level. The book also addresses the implications of the experimental findings for applied economics.

Aiming to achieve the accessibility of a textbook, this research monograph will appeal to economic researchers interested in economic behaviour and theory, as well as students taking upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. It will also be of interest to economists working in business and government.



 
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