The Rise of Complex Beliefs Dynamics

Barucci, E. & Posch, M. (1996). The Rise of Complex Beliefs Dynamics. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-96-046

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We prove that complex beliefs dynamics may emerge in linear stochastic models as the outcome of bounded rationality learning. If agents believe in a misspecified law of motion (which is correctly specified at the Rational Expectations Equilibria of the model) and update their beliefs observing the evolving economy, their beliefs can follow in the limit a beliefs cycle which is not a self-fulfilling solution of the model. The stochastic process induced by the learning rule is analyzed by means of an associated ordinary differential equation (ODE). The existence of a uniformly asymptotically stable attractor for the ODE implies the existence of a beliefs attractor, to which the learning process converges. We prove almost sure convergence by assuming that agents employ a projection facility and convergence with positive probability dropping this assumption. The rise of a limit cycle and of even more complex attractors is established in some monetary economics models assuming that agents update their beliefs with the Recursive Ordinary Least Squares and the Least Mean Squares algorithm.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Dynamic Systems (DYN)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:08
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:15

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