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Efficient Techniques to Analyze Transitional Dynamics in Models of Economic Growth


  • Martin Brunner


  • Holger Strulik



Quantitative aspects of adjustment processes in economic growth remain frequently unsolved or are tackled with bulky or inaccurate methods like multiple shooting or log-linearization. Mulligan's (1991) method of time elimination, however, has improved the analysis of saddle path dynamics in both, efficiency and simplicity. We show the inadequacy of multiple shooting methods for the analysis of deterministic continuous time infinite horizon optimization problems. The main part of the presents arefinement of the time elimination method and the methods of reversed time and reversed slope. All approaches are built on the one idea of transforming a numerically inherent instable boundary value problem into an inherent stable initial value problem. This yields easy to handle computational methods for finding the exact time path for economies in transition. The main purpose of the paper, however, is not to present genuinely new ideas but to motivate researchers and students to examine transitional dynamics by explaning how easy all this can be done.

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  • Martin Brunner & Holger Strulik, 1997. "Efficient Techniques to Analyze Transitional Dynamics in Models of Economic Growth," Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers 19702, Hamburg University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ham:qmwops:19702

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    1. Funke, Michael & Strulik, Holger, 2000. "On endogenous growth with physical capital, human capital and product variety," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 491-515, March.

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    Economic Growth; Transitional Economics; Boundary Value Problems;

    JEL classification:

    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General


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