Sunday, September 30, 2007

Can policy be implied by behavioral facts?

The Boston Federal Reserve Bank is aiming to become the regional Fed that emphasizes behavioral economics. Here is its proclamation:

Behavioral economics is motivated by a range of empirical facts that are at apparent odds with assumptions of standard economic theory. But while behavioral approaches are becoming common in academia, it is unclear how behavioral models should inform economic policymaking in general, and central banking in particular. This conference will discuss the implications of behavioral economics for macroeconomic policy, with special attention to the regulatory and monetary policy responsibilities of central banks.

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