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Baysian Model Averaging, Learning and Model Selection

Kaushik Mitra, George Evans () and Seppo Honkapohja ()

No 2012-11, SIRE Discussion Papers from Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)

Abstract: Agents have two forecasting models, one consistent with the unique rational expectations equilibrium, another that assumes a time-varying parameter structure. When agents use Bayesian updating to choose between models in a self-referential system, we find that learning dynamics lead to selection of one of the two models. However, there are parameter regions for which the non-rational forecasting model is selected in the long-run. A key structural parameter governing outcomes measures the degree of expectations feedback in Muth's model of price determination.

Keywords: Learning dynamics; Bayesian model averaging; grain of truth; self-referential systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012
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