Two Pitfalls of Linearization Methods
This paper illustrates two types of pitfalls when linearization methods are improperly applied. First, if we linearize the constraints before deriving the optimality conditions, the derived conditions are not correct up to first order. Second, even when we obtain the behavior of the economy that is correct to the first order, applying this behavior to welfare implications may lead to incorrect results. We also review different ways to avoid those pitfalls. Copyright 2007 The Ohio State University.
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Volume (Year): 39 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (06)
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