Money and Prices in Models of Bounded Rationality

Albert Marcet and Juan Pablo Nicolini
Working Paper 2003-15
October 2003

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In this paper the authors explore the ability of simple monetary models with bounded rationality to account for the joint distribution of money and prices. They impose restrictions on the size of the mistakes agents can make in equilibrium and argue that countries with high inflation are likely to satisfy these restrictions. Their computations show that the model with bounded rationality does neither improve nor deteriorate the ability of the model to match the data.

JEL classification: D83, E17, E31

Keywords: inflation, money demand, quasi-rationality

The authors want to thank Rodi Manuelli, Andy Neumeyer, and Mike Woodford for comments, and Demian Pouzo for excellent research assistance. This paper was presented at the Monetary Policy and Learning Conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in March 2003. The views expressed here are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta or the Federal Reserve System. Any remaining errors are the authors’ responsibility.

Please address questions regarding content to Albert Marcet, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain, 34 93 542 2740, 34 93 542 1746 (fax),; or Juan Pablo Nicolini, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Minhones 2177, C1428ATG Buenos Aires, Argentina, 54 1 784 0081, 54 1 784 0089 (fax),