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Optimal Control and Filtering in Linear Forward-looking Economies: A Toolkit

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  • Gerali, Andrea
  • Lippi, Francesco

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We provide algorithms to solve a linear-quadratic optimal control problem with commitment. By extending to the case of imperfect information a procedure outlined in Ljungqvist and Sargent (2002), we make the results of Svensson and Woodford (2000) easy to implement. We provide a Mat-lab package that solves this class of models and analyses their properties using simulations, impulse response functions and other techniques, with both commitment and discretion. A monetary policy application, based on the “new-Keynesian” model of Clarida, Galí and Gertler (1999), is used to illustrate how the toolkit can be used.

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  • Gerali, Andrea & Lippi, Francesco, 2003. "Optimal Control and Filtering in Linear Forward-looking Economies: A Toolkit," CEPR Discussion Papers 3706, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    commitment; filtering; optimal control;

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    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General

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