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Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

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How Are Inflation Expectations Formed By Consumers, Economists And The Financial Market?, Shaun Khubchandani Jan 2010

How Are Inflation Expectations Formed By Consumers, Economists And The Financial Market?, Shaun Khubchandani

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Inflation expectations have been of great interest to economists because they predict how agents in an economy set prices and react to changes in various macroeconomic variables. The existence of Keynesian liquidity traps in Japan and the United States have helped emphasize the importance of inflation expectations, especially when monetary policy is rendered ineffective and there is almost perfect substitutability between money and bonds due to the zero bound condition of interest rates. Given the canonical theories of rational and adaptive expectations, this paper will use a simple model of the economy to measure the effect of various macroeconomic variables ...