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Near-Rational Exuberance

  • James Bullard
  • George Evans

We study how the use of judgement or add-factors in macroeconomic forecasting may disturb the set of equilibrium outcomes when agents learn using recursive methods. We isolate conditions under which "exuberance equilibria" exist in standard macroeconomic environments. These equilibria may display sunspot-like behavior, but without a requirement that the underlying rational expectations equilibrium is indeterminate. We suggest ways in which monetary policymakers might avoid unintended outcomes by adjusting policy to minimize the risk of exuberance equilibria

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 465.

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