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Sargent, Thomas J. (born 1943)


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Thomas J. Sargent is the 2011 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (along with Christopher Sims). Sargent has been instrumental in the development of rational expectations economics. The central idea behind this approach is that individuals should not make systematic mistakes. Yet what does it mean for individuals not to make systematic mistakes? Four distinct phases may be identified in Sargent's search for an answer to this question.

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This chapter was published in: Steven N. Durlauf & Lawrence E. Blume (ed.) , , chapter 1, pages , 2012,2nd quarter update.

This item is provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its series The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics with number v:6:year:2012:doi:3877.

Handle: RePEc:pal:dofeco:v:6:year:2012:doi:3877

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Keywords: adaptive expectations; Blattberg; bounded rationality; complexity; distributed lags; econometrics; general equilibrium theory; Hansen; Lévy stable distributions; Ljungqvist; Lucas; Marcet; Marimon; McGrattan; Minsky; Muth; observational equivalence; optimal control; rational expectations; recursive dynamics; Roll; Santa Fe Institute; Sargent; Simon; Sims; time series econometrics; vector autoregressions; Wallace;

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