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OccBin: A Toolkit for Solving Dynamic Models With Occasionally Binding Constraints Easily

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We describe how to adapt a first-order perturbation approach and apply it in a piecewise fashion to handle occasionally binding constraints in dynamic models. Our examples include a real business cycle model with a constraint on the level of investment and a New Keynesian model subject to the zero lower bound on nominal interest rates. We compare the piecewise linear perturbation solution with a high-quality numerical solution that can be taken to be virtually exact. The piecewise linear perturbation method can adequately capture key properties of the models we consider. A key advantage of this method is its applicability to models with a large number of state variables.

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  • Guerrieri, Luca & Iacoviello, Matteo, 2014. "OccBin: A Toolkit for Solving Dynamic Models With Occasionally Binding Constraints Easily," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2014-47, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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