Resilience in a behavioural/Keynesian regional model

Allan, Grant and Figus, Gioele and McGregor, Peter G. and Swales, J. Kim (2020) Resilience in a behavioural/Keynesian regional model. Environment and Planning A. ISSN 0308-518X

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    Abstract

    This paper constructs a regional dynamic macroeconomic model with an eclectic, broadly Keynesian and behavioural flavour. The model, which is parameterized on Scottish data, is used to identify the impact of expectations and business confidence on regional resilience. Simulations compare the evolution of the regional economy after a temporary negative export shock under a range of investment functions. The mainstream perfect foresight formulation generates a reduction in activity, which is small and is limited to the duration of the shock. The heuristic-based, imperfect-information investment models produce more negative, longer-lasting and unstable adjustment paths.