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Computing the Distributions of Economic Models Via Simulation

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  • John Stachurski

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This paper studies the convergence properties of a Monte Carlo algorithm for computing distributions of state variables when the underlying model is a Markov chain with absolutely continuous transition probabilities. We show that the L1 error of the estimator always converges to zero with probability one. In addition, rates of convergence are established for L1 and integral mean squared errors. The algorithm is shown to have many applications in economics.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 949.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:949

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  1. António R. Antunes & Tiago V. de V. Cavalcanti & Anne Villamil, 2006. "Computing General Equilibrium Models with Occupational Choice and Financial Frictions," Working Papers w200615, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  2. R. Anton Braun & Huiyu Li & John Stachurski, 2011. "Generalized Look-Ahead Methods for Computing Stationary Densities," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2011-558, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
  3. Bildirici, Melike & Ersin, Özgür, 2012. "Nonlinear volatility models in economics: smooth transition and neural network augmented GARCH, APGARCH, FIGARCH and FIAPGARCH models," MPRA Paper 40330, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2012.
  4. Richard Anton Braun & Huiyu Li & John Stachurski, 2009. "Computing Densities: A Conditional Monte Carlo Estimator," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-678, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
  5. Vance Martin & Yoshihiko Nishiyama & John Stachurski, 2011. "A Goodness Of Fit Test For Ergodic Markov Processes," KIER Working Papers 787, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.

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