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Title:Economic literacy and inflation expectations: Evidence from a laboratory experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Burke, Mary A.
Manz, Michael
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Public policy Discussion Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 11-8
Abstract:We present new experimental evidence on heterogeneity in the formation of inflation expectations and relate the variation to economic literacy and demographics. The experimental design allows us to investigate two channels through which expectations-formation may vary across individuals: (1) the choice of information and (2) the use of given information. Subjects who are more economically literate perform better along both dimensions - they choose more-relevant information and make better use of given information. Compared with survey data on inflation expectations, fewer demographic factors are associated with variation in inflation expectations, and economic literacy in most cases accounts for demographic variation in expectations.
JEL:E31
E37
E52
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Public Policy Discussion Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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