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How Bubbles are Born and Burst in the Foreign Exchanges / Zum Entstehen und Platzen von Seifenblasen auf dem Devisenmarkt


  • Gartner Manfred

    (University of St. Gallen, Department of Economics, Bodanstr. 1, CH-9000 St. Gallen)


Diba and Grossman (1987) demonstrated that the conception of a rational bubble as defined by Blanchard and Watson (1982) is impossible. The present paper shows that this impossibility theorem also applies under various imperfections and irrationalities. These are: sticky goods prices, believing in a wrong model, heterogenous expectations and learning processes. It is suggested that for any bubble to get started out of a non-bubble equilibrium individuals would have to form expectations which contradict the forecasts produced by their own personal and possibly completely misconceived model. Such inconsistent expectations would be in blatant conflict with the notion of economic man.

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  • Gartner Manfred, 1999. "How Bubbles are Born and Burst in the Foreign Exchanges / Zum Entstehen und Platzen von Seifenblasen auf dem Devisenmarkt," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 218(3-4), pages 294-308, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:218:y:1999:i:3-4:p:294-308

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