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  • Manuel S. Santos

    (Department of Economics, University of Miami)

  • Adrian Peralta-Alva

    (Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis)

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This paper provides a general framework for the quantitative analysis of stochastic dynamic models. We review convergence properties of some numerical algorithms and available methods to bound approximation errors. We then address convergence and accuracy properties of the simulated moments. Our purpose is to provide an asymptotic theory for the computation, simulation-based estimation, and testing of dynamic economies. The theoretical analysis is complemented with several illustrative examples. We study both optimal and non-optimal economies. Optimal economies generate smooth laws of motion defining Markov equilibria, and can be approximated by recursive methods with contractive properties. Non-optimal economies, however, lack existence of continuous Markov equilibria, and need to be computed by other algorithms with weaker approximation properties.

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Paper provided by University of Miami, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-6.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 08 2012
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Publication status: Forthcoming: Under Review
Handle: RePEc:mia:wpaper:2012-6

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Keywords: Stochastic Dynamic Model; Markov Equilibrium; Numerical Solution; Approximation Error; Accuracy; Simulation-Based Estimation; Consistency;

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  1. Martin M. Andreasen & Jesús Fernández-Villaverde & Juan Rubio-Ramírez, 2013. "The Pruned State-Space System for Non-Linear DSGE Models: Theory and Empirical Applications," NBER Working Papers 18983, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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