Journal article

Lay people's models of the economy: A study based on surveys of consumer sentiments

R Dixon, W Griffiths, GC Lim

Journal of Economic Psychology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2014

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to use a large data set comprising individual's responses to survey questions about future economic conditions, unemployment and prices to explore lay people's models of the economy and specifically their understanding of the relationship between unemployment and economic activity and also between unemployment and prices. The data is taken from the questionnaires used to form monthly indexes of consumer sentiments in Australia. We ask if the implied bivariate relationships are rational in the sense used by Muth (1961) and if they are consistent with the good-begets-good heuristic proposed by Leiser and Aroch (2009). We also ask if they are consistent with the act..

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