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Towards A Reconstruction of Keynesian Economics: Expectations and Constrained Equilibria

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  • J. Peter Neary
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

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A two-period model of temporary equilibrium with rationing is presented, paying particular attention to agents' expectations of future constraints. it is shown that with arbitrary constraint expectations many different types of current equilibria may be consistent with the same set of (current and expected future) wages and prices, and that constraint expectations tend to be self-fulfilling (e.g., a higher expectation of Keynesian unemployment tomorrow increases the probability that it will prevail today). In addition, rational constraint expectations (i.e., perfect foresight of future constraint levels) are shown to enhance rather than reduce the effectiveness of government policy.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0376.

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  1. Ohlsson, Henry, 1987. " Cost-Benefit Rules in a Regionalized Disequilibrium Model," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 89(2), pages 165-82.
  2. Alla Kirova, 2010. "Estimation of the specific features of the New Keynesian Doctrine, compared to other schools in modern macroeconomics," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 28-45.
  3. Driffill, John & Miller, Marcus, 2011. "Liquidity When It Matters Most: QE and Tobin’s q," CEPR Discussion Papers 8511, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Shari Spiegel, 2007. "Macroeconomics and Growth Policies," Policy Notes 1, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.

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