Discussion paper

DP11004 Models, Inattention and Expectation Updates

We formulate a theory of expectation updating that fits the dynamics of accuracy and disagreement in a new survey dataset where agents can update at any time while observing each other's expectations. Agents use heterogeneous models and can be inattentive but, when updating, they follow Bayes' rule and assign homogeneous weights to public information. Our empirical findings suggest that agents do not herd and, despite disagreement, they place high faith in their models, whereas during a crisis they lose this faith and undergo a paradigm shift. This simple, "micro-founded" theory could enhance the explanatory power of macroeconomic and finance models.


Skreta, V and R Giacomini (2015), ‘DP11004 Models, Inattention and Expectation Updates‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 11004. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp11004