The Speed of Rational Learning
Posted: 10 Aug 1999
A central result in the rational learning literature is that if the true measure is absolutely continuous with respect to the beliefs then, given enough data, the updated beliefs merge with the true distribution. In this paper, we show that, under absolute continuity, weak merging occurs fast (at the rate "1 over square root of time") with density one. Moreover, if weak merging occurs fast enough (at the rate "1 over time")) then absolute continuity holds. These rates are sharp. We also show that, under some conditions, if weak merging occurs at the rate "1 over square root of time" then absolute continuity holds.
JEL Classification: D83
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