Dennis, Richard and Kirsanova, Tatiana
(2010):
*Expectations Traps and Coordination Failures: Selecting among Multiple Discretionary Equilibria.*

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## Abstract

Discretionary policymakers cannot manage private-sector expectations and cannot coordinate the actions of future policymakers. As a consequence, expectations traps and coordination failures can occur and multiple equilibria can arise. To utilize the explanatory power of models with multiple equilibria it is �first necessary to understand how an economy arrives to a particular equilibrium. In this paper, we employ notions of learnability, self-enforceability, and properness to motivate and develop a suite of equilibrium selection criteria. Central among these criteria are whether the equilibrium is learnable by private agents and jointly learnable by private agents and the policymaker. We use two New Keynesian policy models to identify the strategic interactions that give rise to multiple equilibria and to illustrate our equilibrium selection methods. Importantly, unless the Pareto-preferred equilibrium is learnable by private agents, we �find little reason to expect coordination on that equilibrium.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | Expectations Traps and Coordination Failures: Selecting among Multiple Discretionary Equilibria |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Discretionary policymaking, multiple equilibria, coordination, equilibrium selection |

Subjects: | E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit > E52 - Monetary Policy E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E6 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook > E61 - Policy Objectives ; Policy Designs and Consistency ; Policy Coordination C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6 - Mathematical Methods ; Programming Models ; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C62 - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C73 - Stochastic and Dynamic Games ; Evolutionary Games ; Repeated Games |

Item ID: | 24616 |

Depositing User: | Tatiana Kirsanova |

Date Deposited: | 25 Aug 2010 13:52 |

Last Modified: | 28 Sep 2019 16:39 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/24616 |