Probabilistic Equilibrium: A Review on the Application of MAXENT to Macroeconomic Models

  • Paulo Hubert
  • Julio M. Stern
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 239)


The concept of equilibrium is central to many macroeconomic models. However, after the 2008 crisis, many of the most used macroeconomic models have been subject to criticism, after their failure in predicting and explaining the crisis. Over the last years, a response to this situation has been the proposal of new approaches to the study of macroeconomical systems, in particular, with the introduction of thermodynamics and statistical physics methods. In this paper, we offer a brief review of the application of the maximum entropy framework in macroeconomics, centered around the different interpretations of the equlibrium concept.


Maximum entropy Macroeconomy Equilibrium 



The authors would like to acknowledge professor Gilberto Tadeu, at FEA-USP, for thoughtful comments on an earlier version of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IME-USPSão PauloBrazil

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