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A model of near-rational exuberance

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  • James B. Bullard
  • George W. Evans
  • Seppo Honkapohja

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We study how the use of judgment or "add-factors" in forecasting may disturb the set of equilibrium outcomes when agents learn using recursive methods. We isolate conditions under which new phenomena, which we call exuberance equilibria, can exist in a standard self-referential environment. Local indeterminacy is not a requirement for existence. We construct a simple asset pricing example and find that exuberance equilibria, when they exist, can be extremely volatile relative to fundamental equilibria.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2007-009.

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