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Non-Fundamental Expectations and Economic Fluctuations: Evidence from Professional Forecasts

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  • Keen Meng Choy

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    (National University of Singapore)

  • Kenneth Leong
  • Anthony S. Tay

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It is theoretically possible that non-fundamental idiosyncratic shocks to agents’ rational expectations are a source of economic fluctuations. Studies using data on consumer and investor sentiment suggest that this is indeed a significant source of fluctuations. We present the results of a study that uses forecasts from professional forecasters to extract non-fundamental shocks to expectations. In contrast to previous studies, we show that non-fundamental expectations are not a significant source of output fluctuations.

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number wp0306.

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Keywords: Non-fundamental expectations; Sunspots; Economic fluctuations; Survey of Professional Forecasters; Vector autoregressions;

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