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A Homotopy Approach to Solving Nonlinear Rational Expectation Problems


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  • Mark J. Jensen

    (Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale)


Many numerical methods have been developed in an attempt to find solutions to nonlinear rational expectations models. Because these algorithms are numerical in nature, they rely heavily on computing power and take sizeable cycles to solve. In this paper we present a numerical tool known as homotopy theory that can be applied to these methods. Homotopy theory reduces the computing time associated with an iterative algorithm by using a rational expectation problem with known solutions and transforming it into the problem at hand. If this transformation is preformed slowly, homotopy theory will also help the global convergence properties of the numerical algorithm. We apply homotopy theory to Den Haan and Marcet's Parameterized Expectation Approach to show how homotopies improves the computing speed and global convergence properties of this algorithm.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Computational Economics with number 9506002.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jun 1995
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:9506002

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  1. Den Haan, Wouter J & Marcet, Albert, 1994. "Accuracy in Simulations," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 61(1), pages 3-17, January.
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  1. Javier J. Pérez, 2001. "A Log-linear Homotopy Approach to Initialize the Parameterized Expectations Algorithm," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2001/02, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
  2. William A. Barnett & Yi Liu & Haiyang Xu & Mark Jensen, 1996. "The CAPM Risk Adjustment Needed for Exact Aggregation over Financial Assets," Econometrics 9602003, EconWPA.


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