Lectures on Behavioral Macroeconomics
De Grauwe shows that the behavioral model is driven by self-fulfilling waves of optimism and pessimism, or animal spirits. Booms and busts in economic activity are therefore natural outcomes of a behavioral model. The author uses this to analyze central issues in monetary policies, such as output stabilization, before extending his investigation into asset markets and more sophisticated forecasting rules. He also examines how well the theoretical predictions of the behavioral model perform when confronted with empirical data.
Develops a behavioral macroeconomic model that assumes agents have limited cognitive abilities
Shows how booms and busts are characteristic of market economies
Explores the larger role of the central bank in the behavioral model
Examines the destabilizing aspects of asset markets
Paul De Grauwe is professor of international economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Exchange Rate in a Behavioral Finance Framework (Princeton) and Economics of Monetary Union.
"De Grauwe voices the concerns of many macroeconomists regarding the empirical plausibility of the rational expectations assumption. He shows how a parsimonious, boundedly rational approach can improve the fit of sticky price macro models to the data in a number of important dimensions."--John Duffy, University of Pittsburgh"