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TitleThe Rational Expectations Equilibrium Inventory Model [electronic resource] : Theory and Applications / edited by Tryphon Kollintzas
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer US, 1989
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Descript XI, 269 p. online resource


This volume consists of six essays that develop and/or apply "rational expectations equilibrium inventory models" to study the time series behavior of production, sales, prices, and inventories at the industry level. By "rational expectations equilibrium inventory model" I mean the extension of the inventory model of Holt, Modigliani, Muth, and Simon (1960) to account for: (i) discounting, (ii) infinite horizon planning, (iii) observed and unobserved by the "econometrician" stochastic shocks in the production, factor adjustment, storage, and backorders management processes of firms, as well as in the demand they face for their products; and (iv) rational expectations. As is well known according to the Holt et al. model firms hold inventories in order to: (a) smooth production, (b) smooth production changes, and (c) avoid stockouts. Following the work of Zabel (1972), Maccini (1976), Reagan (1982), and Reagan and Weitzman (1982), Blinder (1982) laid the foundations of the rational expectations equilibrium inventory model. To the three reasons for holding inventories in the model of Holt et al. was added (d) optimal pricing. Moreover, the popular "accelerator" or "partial adjustment" inventory behavior equation of Lovell (1961) received its microfoundations and thus overcame the "Lucas critique of econometric modelling


I: The Linear Rational Expectations Equilibrium Inventory Model: An Introduction -- II: Inventories and Price Fluctuations under Perfect Competition and Monopoly -- III: Temporal Aggregation and the Stock Adjustment Model of Inventories -- IV: A Linear Rational Expectations Equilibrium Model for the American Petroleum Industry -- V: Seasonality, Cost Shocks, and the Production Smoothing Model of Inventories -- VI: Order Backlogs and Production Smoothing

Mathematics Organization Planning System theory Calculus of variations Economic theory Mathematics Systems Theory Control Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control; Optimization Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods Organization


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