Beliefs and Business Cycles. September 8-9, 2011

Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, will host a workshop on “Beliefs and Business Cycles” on September 8-9, 2011.


The aim of the workshop is to discuss new research on the importance of information frictions for macroeconomic fluctuations. Suitable paper topics include:

  • Information and sentiments as sources of aggregate movements

  • Heterogeneity in information, beliefs and expectations

  • Confidence and sentiments in financial markets

  • Endogenous information choice

  • Monetary and fiscal policy in the wake of information frictions

We invite theoretical and empirical contributions on these and related topics. Participation in the conference has been confirmed by George-Marios Angeletos (MIT), Guido Lorenzoni (MIT), Chris Sims (Princeton), and Laura Veldkamp (NYU). Submissions should be made in PDF format by April 1, 2011 to [email protected]. Authors will be notified by May 15, 2011. Sveriges Riksbank will cover expenses for economy class travel and accommodation for paper presenters and discussants.


The organizing committee consists of Ferre De Graeve, Daria Finocchiaro, Martin Flodén, Per Krusell, Virginia Queijo von Heideken and Andreas Westermark. The program and other information about the conference will be posted on the Riksbank website (, which also contains information about past conferences. Questions can be directed to Lena Löfgren ([email protected]).

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