The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Sargent, Thomas J. (Born 1943)

  • Esther-Mirjam Sent
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Thomas J. Sargent is the 2011 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (along with Christopher Sims). Sargent has been instrumental in the development of rational expectations economics. The central idea behind this approach is that individuals should not make systematic mistakes. Yet what does it mean for individuals not to make systematic mistakes? Four distinct phases may be identified in Sargent’s search for an answer to this question.


Adaptive expectations Blattberg Bounded rationality Complexity Distributed lags Econometrics General equilibrium theory Hansen Lévy stable distributions Ljungqvist Lucas Marcet Marimon McGrattan Minsky Muth Observational equivalence Optimal control Rational expectations Recursive dynamics Roll Santa Fe Institute Sargent Simon Sims Time series econometrics Vector autoregressions Wallace 

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