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Money Illusion

In economics, the tendency of persons not to consider inflation or deflation when making decisions. That is, the money illusion states that people think in terms of the amount of money they have, rather than in terms of its value (which tends to decline over time). The money illusion was described by John Maynard Keynes and Irving Fisher.

money illusion

the illusion based on the failure of people to appreciate that a general increase in prices (INFLATION) reduces the real PURCHASING POWER of their income (REAL WAGES). In practice, however, this is unlikely to occur once people have become ‘accustomed’ to living with inflation and trade unions negotiate for increases in MONEY WAGES that allow for inflationary EXPECTATIONS. See also ADAPTIVE EXPECTATIONS HYPOTHESIS, INFLATIONARY SPIRAL.
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Alternatively, the economy may achieve sustainable growth only at very low levels of inflation (or, per Selgin, deflation), but the money illusion still causes unemployment at these low levels of inflation.
The concept of money illusion is critical here," he responds.
This would lead to a transfer of wealth to debtors from creditors and would result in falling living standards via money illusion, rising prices, currency depreciation and loss of confidence.
The Learner explores psychological factors, such as fairness, corruption, bad faith, money illusion, confidence, and stories, and how these factors influence the global economy.
The authors identify five aspects of animal spirits, confidence, fairness, corruption and bad faith, money illusion, and stories.
There is no money illusion if changes in the unit of account don't change anything real.
And Friedman was surely fight to deride the idea of a long-term unemployment-inflation tradeoff depending on money illusion.
Under the broader rubric of animal spirits as they define it, Akerlof and Shiller cite five factors that cause behavior to deviate from rationality, devoting one chapter to each of them: confidence, fairness, corruption and antisocial behavior, money illusion, and stories.
This result means that reward activation generally increases with income, but was significantly higher in situations where nominal incomes and prices were both 50 per cent higher, which supports the hypothesis that activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is subject to money illusion," The Telegraph quoted Prof Falk, as saying
It also suggests slow adjustment of inventories to sales surprises and that money illusion maybe a pitfall to inventory management.
However, as Franco Modigliani and Richard Cohn argued nearly thirty years ago, (5) it may be, because of a popular model related to money illusion, the nominal rate that is used in the market to convert today's dividend into a price.
Shafir, Diamond, and Tversky (1997) using the questionnaire method, showed that participants' judgments were influenced by money illusion in various situations.