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Title:The theory of rational expectations and its applications in accounting / BEBR No. 482
Author(s):Bedford, Norton M.
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Commerce and Business Administration
Economic forecasting.
Abstract:The Theory of Rational Expectation assumes all information relevant to an economic decision is compounded into the market. The information set is assumed to be comprehensive, extending well beyond traditional accounting information. Holding that price is set by the interaction of all public information available in any point in time, the Rational Expectation Hypothesis questions traditional accounting time series analyses that predict future prices by extrapolating from past accounting data. The implications of the Rational Expectation Hypothesis (REH) to accounting are as follows: (1) An expanded income statement should be provided. (2) Accounting information systems should cover larger data base systems. (3) The cost and value of alternative accounting information should be provided. (4) The general price level adjustment should be made. (5) Accounting information should assume that governmental policies cannot control the economy as precisely as desired. (6) Detailed information on risk alternatives should be disclosed. (7) Research is needed to determine the circumstances under which a larger information set will be relevant for forming rational expectations.
Issue Date:May 1 1978
Publisher:[Urbana, Ill.] : College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Series/Report:Faculty working papers ; no. 482
Description:Includes bibliographical references (leaves 37-38)
Rights Information:Copyright May 1 1978 Board of Trustees University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-09-15
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Identifier in Online Catalog:321443
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm05109094

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