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Solving macroeconomic models with "off-the-shelf" software: An example of potential pitfalls

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Solving macroeconomic models with "off-the-shelf" software: An example of potential pitfalls
: When working with large-scale models or numerous small models, there can be a temptation to rely on default settings in proprietary software to derive solutions to the model. In this paper we show that, for the solution of non-linear dynamic models, this approach can be inappropriate. Alternative linear and non-linear specifications of a particular model are examined. One version of the model, expressed in levels, is highly non-linear. A second version of the model, expressed in logarithms, is linear. The dynamic solution of each model version has a combination of stable and unstable eigenvalues so that any dynamic solution requires the calculation of appropriate “jumps” in endogenous variables. We can derive a closed-form solution of the model, which we use as our "true" benchmark, for comparison with computational solutions of both linear and non-linear models. Our approach is to compare the "goodness of fit" of reverse-shooting solutions for both the linear...
Ric D. Herbert, Peter J. Stemp
Added 14 May 2011
Updated 14 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where MCS
Authors Ric D. Herbert, Peter J. Stemp
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