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Robustness and Information Processing

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  • Kenneth Kasa

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This paper attempts to relate two apparently distinct literatures. One is the so-called `robust control' literature. Robust control methods were developed by engineers during the 1980s, and are designed to make traditional Linear-Quadratic control more robust to model misspecification. Rather than specify an explicit distribution for a model's disturbances, robust control methods are based on a worst-case analysis of the disturbances, and can be implemented by solving dynamic zero-sum games. Hansen and Sargent (2004) have pioneered the application of these methods in economics. Economists are attracted by robust control because it apparently provides a workable formalization of Knightian Uncertainty. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Kenneth Kasa, 2006. "Robustness and Information Processing," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 9(1), pages 1-33, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:9:y:2006:i:1:p:1-33
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2005.05.003
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    Robustness; Rational inattention;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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