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Does Ricardian Equivalence hold when expectations are not rational?

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  • Evans , George W

    (University of Oregon, University of St Andrews)

  • Honkapohja , Seppo

    (Bank of Finland)

  • Mitra, Kaushik

    ()
    (University of St Andrews)

Abstract

This paper shows that the Ricardian Equivalence proposition can continue to hold when expectations are not rational and are instead formed using adaptive learning rules. In temporary equilibrium, with given expectations, Ricardian Equivalence holds under the standard conditions for its validity under rational expectations. Furthermore, Ricardian Equivalence holds for paths of temporary equilibria under learning provided suitable additional conditions on learning dynamics are satisfied. New cases of failure of the Ricardian proposition emerge under learning. Most importantly, agents’ expectations must not depend on government financial variables under deficit financing.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 13/2010.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 05 May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2010_013

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Keywords: taxation; expectations; Ramsey model; Ricardian Equivalence;

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  1. Mitra, Kaushik & Evans, George W. & Honkapohja, Seppo, 2013. "Policy change and learning in the RBC model," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 1947-1971.
  2. Justiniano, Alejandro & Primiceri, Giorgio E. & Tambalotti, Andrea, 2013. "The Effects of the Saving and Banking Glut on the U.S. Economy," Working Paper Series WP-2013-17, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, revised 29 Nov 2013.
  3. Stefano Eusepi & Bruce Preston, 2013. "Fiscal foundations of inflation: imperfect knowledge," Staff Reports 649, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  4. Gasteiger, Emanuel & Zhang, Shoujian, 2011. "Anticipation, learning and welfare: the case of distortionary taxation," MPRA Paper 30625, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. George W. Evans & Kaushik Mitra, 2012. "E-stability in the Stochastic Ramsey Model," CDMA Working Paper Series 201209, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis.
  6. Michael Woodford, 2013. "Macroeconomic Analysis without the Rational Expectations Hypothesis," NBER Working Papers 19368, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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