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Updates to Household Inflation Expectations: Signal or Noise?


  • Yongchen Zhao

    () (Department of Economics, Towson University)


Using data from the New York Fed's Survey of Consumer Expectations, we examine the information content of the updates to household inflation expectations. We find that, although consumers frequently revise their expectations, the adjustments are largely uninformative.

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  • Yongchen Zhao, 2019. "Updates to Household Inflation Expectations: Signal or Noise?," Working Papers 2019-01, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised May 2019.
  • Handle: RePEc:tow:wpaper:2019-01

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    1. Kajal Lahiri & Yongchen Zhao, 2020. "The Nordhaus Test with Many Zeros," CESifo Working Paper Series 8350, CESifo.
    2. Lahiri, Kajal & Zhao, Yongchen, 2020. "The Nordhaus test with many zeros," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 193(C).

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    Inflation expectations; revisions to expectations; household surveys; rational inattention.;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations

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