Economists have studied for a long time how decision-makers allocate scarce resources. The recent literature on rational inattention studies how decision-makers allocate the scarce resource attention. The idea is that decision-makers have a limited amount of attention and have to decide how to allocate it. The literature on rational inattention argues that the optimal allocation of attention by decision-makers can explain important features of economic data.
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Keywords: attention; attention allocation; business cycles; consumption; dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE); entropy; expectations; finance; fiscal policy; general equilibrium; imperfect information; incomplete information; information; information choice; information flow; information friction; information processing; information theory; interest rate; learning; limited; attention; macroeconomics; monetary policy; noisy signal; nominal rigidities; portfolio choice; price setting; rational inattention; savings; Sims; C. A.; sticky prices; uncertainty;
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