This course provides a state of the art overview of complex economic systems with boundedly rational heterogeneous agents. The leading paradigm in macroeconomics assumes that economic agents (households, firms, investors) are perfectly rational in making their decisions. Experimental and empirical evidence indicate that this assumption is too demanding. A central question in the course will be: which emerging macro behavior arises through the interactions of micro decisions of boundedly rational heterogeneous agents and how can policy affect micro and macro behavior.
Animal spirits and boom and bust cycles
Bounded rationality and adaptive learning
Complex dynamics, tipping points, chaos and bifurcations
Heterogeneous expectations in asset pricing and macroeconomic models
Macro laboratory experiments
Monetary policy and asset prices under bounded rationality