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A Naïve Sticky Information Model of Households’ Inflation Expectations

Markku Lanne, Arto Luoma and Jani Luoto

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Abstract: This paper provides a simple epidemiology model where households, when forming their inflation expectations, rationally adopt the past release of inflation with certain probability rather than the forward-looking newspaper forecast as suggested in Carroll [2003, Macroeconomic Expectations of Households and Professional Forecasters, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118, 269-298]. The posterior model probabilities based on the Michigan survey data strongly support the proposed model. We also extend the agent-based epidemiology model by deriving for it a simple adaptation, which is suitable for estimation. Our results show that this model is able to capture the heterogeneity in households’ expectations very well.

Keywords: Inflation expectations; heterogeneous expectations; survey expectations; sticky information; Bayesian analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 C53 C82 D84 E31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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