Cognitive Abilities and Inflation Expectations
D'Acunto, Francesco; Hoang, Daniel; Paloviita, Maritta; Weber, Michael (04.01.2019)
JulkaisusarjaAEA Papers and Proceedings
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite onhttps://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:bof-201906261267
Cognitive abilities help explain the large cross-sectional variation in inflation expectations at the household level. But which type of cognitive abilities are important? We find that not only quantitative abilities but also logical and verbal abilities are important to explain the accuracy and plausibility of households' inflation expectations. We discuss the channels through which different forms of cognition might shape households' abilities to forecast future macroeconomic variables. We also draw implications for the effectiveness of policies that aim to manage households' expectations.