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A Comparison of the Performance of Flexible Functional Forms for Use in Applied General Equilibrium Modelling

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  • Perroni, Carlo
  • Rutherford, Thomas F

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This paper describes a procedure for testing the global properties of functional forms which recognizes their specific role in economic equilibrium modelling. This procedure is employed to investigate the global regularity and third-order curvature properties of three widely used flexible functional forms, the Translog, the Generalized Leontieff and the Normalized Quadratic functional forms. We contrast the properties of these functions with a globally regular flexible form, the Non-separable Nested Constant-Elasticity-of-Substitution functional form. Our results indicate that inherently regular representations are best suited for equilibrium analysis. Citation Copyright 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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  • Perroni, Carlo & Rutherford, Thomas F, 1998. "A Comparison of the Performance of Flexible Functional Forms for Use in Applied General Equilibrium Modelling," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 11(3), pages 245-263, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:compec:v:11:y:1998:i:3:p:245-63
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