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Title: Behavioral Foundations for Macroeconomics: Prospect Theory in Heterogeneous Agent Models
Authors: Barnett, Andrew
Advisors: Moll, Benjamin
Department: Economics
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: Taking inspiration from the Lucas Critique's call to microfoundations (Lucas 1976), I model an economy of heterogeneous agents who have prospect theory preferences (Kahnemann and Tversky, 1979) as a kind of more behaviorally based microfoun- dations. The basics of the model come from Aiyagari's model of an economy with uninsured idiosyncratic risk (1994), with adaptations made for prospect theory prefer- ences. Equilibrium and cross-sectional results are computed, and I nd lower interest rates and a signi cantly higher capital stock due to a stronger precautionary motive and the introduction of a habit-formation motive.
Extent: 81 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Economics, 1927-2016

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