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Theory[ edit ] Prior to the work of Sargent and Wallace, macroeconomic models were largely based on the adaptive expectations assumption. Many economists found this unsatisfactory since it assumes that agents may repeatedly make systematic errors and can only revise their expectations in a backward-looking way.
Under adaptive expectations, agents do not revise their expectations even if the government announces a policy that involves increasing money supply beyond its expected growth level.
Revisions would only be made after the increase in the money supply has occurred, and even then agents would react only gradually. Therefore, equilibrium in the economy would only be converged upon and never reached.
The government would be able to maintain employment above its natural level and easily manipulate the economy.
This behavior by agents is contrary to that which is assumed by much of economics. Economics has firm foundations in assumption of rationality, so the systematic errors made by agents in macroeconomic theory were considered unsatisfactory by Sargent and Wallace.
More importantly, this behavior seemed inconsistent with the stagflation of the swhen high inflation coincided with high unemployment, and attempts by policymakers to actively manage the economy in a Keynesian manner were largely counterproductive.
When applying rational expectations within a macroeconomic framework, Sargent and Wallace produced the policy-ineffectiveness proposition, according to which the government could not successfully intervene in the economy if attempting to manipulate output.
If the government employed monetary expansion in order to increase output, agents would foresee the effects, and wage and price expectations would be revised upwards accordingly.
Real wages would remain constant and therefore so would output; no money illusion occurs. Only stochastic shocks to the economy can cause deviations in employment from its natural level.
Taken at face value, the theory appeared to be a major blow to a substantial proportion of macroeconomics, particularly Keynesian economics.
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However, criticisms of the theory were quick to follow its publication. Criticisms[ edit ] The Sargent and Wallace model has been criticised by a wide range of economists. Some, like Milton Friedman ,[ citation needed ] have questioned the validity of the rational expectations assumption.
Sanford Grossman and Joseph Stiglitz argued that even if agents had the cognitive ability to form rational expectations, they would be unable to profit from the resultant information since their actions would then reveal their information to others.
Therefore, agents would not expend the effort or money required to become informed and government policy would remain effective. Taylor assumed that workers sign nominal wage contracts that last for more than one period, making wages "sticky".
With this assumption the model shows government policy is fully effective since, although workers rationally expect the outcome of a change in policy, they are unable to respond to it as they are locked into expectations formed when they signed their wage contract.
Not only is it possible for government policy to be used effectively, but its use is also desirable. The government is able respond to stochastic shocks in the economy which agents are unable to react to, and so stabilise output and employment.
The Barro—Gordon model showed how the ability of government to manipulate output would lead to inflationary bias. The role of government would therefore be limited to output stabilisation. Since it was possible to incorporate the rational expectations hypothesis into macroeconomic models whilst avoiding the stark conclusions that Sargent and Wallace reached, the policy-ineffectiveness proposition has had less of a lasting impact on macroeconomic reality than first may have been expected.The Northland Antique Radio Club annual meeting will be at noon on September 9th at the Pavek Museum, located at Raleigh Ave., St.
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