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Adaptive Expectations

A theory stating that economic actors make decisions based upon past, recent performance, regardless of the actual state of the economy. Thus, it takes economic actors some time to realize that a recession has ended or is beginning and to adjust their behavior accordingly. Adaptive expectations can result in large losses. See also: Rational expectations, Irrational exuberance.
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adaptive expectations (of inflation)

the idea that EXPECTATIONS of the future rate of INFLATION are based on the inflationary experience of the recent past. As a result, once under way, inflation feeds upon itself with, for example, trade unions demanding an increase in wages in the current pay round, which takes into account the expected future rate of inflation which, in turn, leads to further price rises. See EXPECTATIONS-ADJUSTED/AUGMENTED PHILLIPS CURVE, INFLATIONARY SPIRAL, RATIONAL EXPECTATIONS HYPOTHESIS, ANTICIPATED INFLATION, TRANSMISSION MECHANISM.
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Policy and, yes, adaptive expectations could shift the curve.
Lastly, the few dynamic models currently available in the undergraduate curriculum focus exclusively on adaptive expectations for price setting.
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Later refinements by Mordecai Ezekiel, an agricultural economist working for the US government, linked price cycles to delays in adjusting production in response to changes in demand and prices (supply lags) coupled with expectations about future prices based on current and past prices (adaptive expectations).
The interest in the study of price dynamics has led Hommes [3] to extend the discrete time cobweb model by introducing adaptive expectations (Adaptive expectations have been introduced in the original cobweb model by Nerlove [10].) and nonlinear supply and demand curves.
Whatever the central bank's motivations, its attempt to lower the unemployment rate below [u.sub.n] is immediately self-defeating if the public has rational expectations and ultimately self-defeating under adaptive expectations. This self-defeating character of the Kydland-Prescott result highlights an asymmetry in the formulation of the problem.
They also prompted speculation over the existence of a "natural" rate of employment and theories of adaptive expectations and inflation acceleration.
Further, hypothesis tests on statistical models implied by conventional adaptive expectations do not suggest the prevalence of such behavior in the data.

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