Spread Too Thin: The Impact of Lean Inventories

Lean inventory management can be a profitable strategy, but it renders the economy more vulnerable to supply disruptions. This paper quantifies the trade-off in a structurally estimated heterogeneous firms model.

Overreaction Through Anchoring

Updates to survey expectations exhibit an offsetting pattern that are incompatible with standard theories of belief formation. We rationalize this in a model featuring annual inattention and a quarterly-to-annual consistency constraint. Our model offers a new explanation for observed overreactions in expectations.

Misspecified Expectations Among Professional Forecasters (Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking)

A theory in which forecasters adopt parsimonious models of richer underlying processes can serve as a suitable benchmark departure from full information rational expectations among professional forecasters.