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Interest Rate Rules with Heterogeneous Expectations

  • Anufriev, M.

    ()

    (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Assenza, T.

    ()

    (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Hommes, C.H.

    ()

    (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Massaro, D.

    ()

    (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Recent macroeconomic literature stressed the importance of expectations heterogeneity in the formulation of monetary policy. We use a stylized macro model of Howitt (1992) to investigate the dynamical consequences of alternative interest rate rules when agents have heterogeneous expectations and update their beliefs over time along the lines of Brock and Hommes (1997). We find that the outcome of different monetary policies in terms of stability crucially depends on the ecology of forecasting rules and on the intensity of choice among different predictors. We also show that, when agents have heterogeneous expectations, an interest rate rule that obeys the Taylor principle does not always lead the system to converge to the rational expectations equilibrium but multiple equilibria may persist.

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Paper provided by Universiteit van Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance in its series CeNDEF Working Papers with number 08-08.

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