The Evolving Rationality of Rational Expectations: An Assessment of Thomas Sargent's Achievements

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Inspired by recent developments in science studies. The Evolving Rationality of Rational Expectations offers an innovative type of analysis of the recent history of the approach in economics. In the course of exploring the multiple dimensions of rational expectations analysis, Esther-Mirjam Sent focuses on the work of Thomas Sargent, a pioneer instrumental in the development of this school of thought. The Evolving Rationality of Rational Expectations provides an illustration of what happened to the approach ...
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Overview

Inspired by recent developments in science studies. The Evolving Rationality of Rational Expectations offers an innovative type of analysis of the recent history of the approach in economics. In the course of exploring the multiple dimensions of rational expectations analysis, Esther-Mirjam Sent focuses on the work of Thomas Sargent, a pioneer instrumental in the development of this school of thought. The Evolving Rationality of Rational Expectations provides an illustration of what happened to the approach through a contextualization of Sargent's work vis-a-vis that of other scholars and ideas. The treatment aims to illuminate some of the changing negotiations and alliances that characterize the rise and shift of direction in rational expectations economics.
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"Esther-Mirjam Sent's book, in which she provides an account of the development of rational expectations theory from the perspective of Thomas Sargent's contributions, is a splendid contribution to the history of economic thought quite unlike other works in the field." The History of Political Economy

"Esther-Mirjam Sent presents a case study of the development of Thomas Sargent's macroeconomic program from its earliest days - pre-rational expectations - to its more recent forays into bounded rationality and artificial intelligence. There is no similarly detailed and complete study of any major figure in the new classical economics. Professor Sent clearly knows a great deal about her subject and is able to convey a great deal to the reader." Kevin D. Hoover, University of California, Davis

"Sent's book is like no other work in the history of economic thought. The subject matter is contemporary macroeconomic theory, and the dominant themes are symmetry, reflexivity, and the interest-ladenness of scientific theory. It is a fascinating story: provocative as well as compelling." D. Wade Hands, University of Puget Sound

"...a historical study of Thomas Sargent's research and his different interpretations and justifications of rational expectations, describing how they were shaped by his conceptual, experimental, and sociotechnical practices." Journal of Economic Literature

"Anyone interested in rational expectations and the new classical macroeconomics must read Sent's book on Thomas Sargent...It is also required for those wanting to see science studies and the history of economics done in new ways." The Eastern Economic Association

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Accommodating Randomness 23
3 Accommodating Prediction 48
4 Accommodating Symmetry 99
5 Accommodating Learning 124
6 An Interview with Thomas Sargent 163
7 Conclusion 179
Notes 186
References 212
Index 235
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