Macro bounded rationality

What does macroeconomic policy look like when people aren’t perfectly rational?

One of the leading criticisms of economics is the field’s reliance on perfectly rational agents in many of its models. Read the assumptions behind a macroeconomic model and the rules under which households and businesses are presumed to make decisions. Chances are high that they will seem fanciful if not outright ridiculous. Of course, simplifying assumptions are always going to be needed to make models workable, but “perfect rationality” seems like a jump too far—not least because behavioral economics research shows how individuals very often fail to act in rational ways. ….[READ]