Optimal beliefs in the long run: An overlapping generations perspective
AbstractPeople have the natural tendency to be optimistic and believe that good outcomes in the future are more likely, but also want to avoid overestimation that could result in bad decision-making. Brunnermeier, Brunnermeier and Parker (2005) and Brunnermeier et al. (2007) established an optimal beliefs framework that balances these two incentives. This paper follows and extends the optimal beliefs framework to consider optimal beliefs in the long run in an overlapping generations sense. Assuming no short-selling, results show that, in almost all cases, there does not exist a stable and interior long-term optimal belief.
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Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
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Optimal expectations; Overlapping generations; Behavioral decision theory;
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