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Solving Ramsey Problems with Nonlinear Projection Methods

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  • Gapen Michael T.

    ()
    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Cosimano Thomas F.

    ()
    (University of Notre Dame)

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This paper applies nonlinear projection methods to solve Ramsey problems in a stochastic monetary economy. The presence of nonlinear distortions in the Ramsey problem requires the use of a solution procedure which captures these effects. The nonlinear projection method, even with low-order Chebyshev polynomials as employed in this paper, is able to capture a significant portion of the Jensen's inequality effects. As an example of the usefulness of nonlinear projection methods, we examine Barro's (1987, 1979) conjecture that welfare gains are available from policy smoothing with debt. Increases in the volatility of distortionary monetary policy are more than offset by declines in the volatility of distortionary labor taxes so that introduction of debt is welfare enhancing.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 9 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 1-38

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  1. Gary S. Anderson & Jinill Kim & Tack Yun, 2010. "Using a projection method to analyze inflation bias in a micro-founded model," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2010-18, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  2. Michael T. Gapen & Thomas F. Cosimano & Ralph Chami, 2006. "Beware of Emigrants Bearing Gifts," IMF Working Papers 06/61, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Paolo Zagaglia, 2007. "Operational Fiscal and Monetary Policy with Staggered Wage and Price Dynamics," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 20(2), pages 121-138, Autumn.
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