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Optimal Economic Stabilization Policy: An Extended Framework

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  • Friedman, Benjamin Morton

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This paper outlines an optimization framework which extends the familiar Tinbergen-Theil model in two ways. First, a "piecewise quadratic" replaces the standard quadratic objective function. Second, the time horizon of the optimization becomes, within the context of economic stabilization problems, endogenous to the optimization process itself. The purpose of both extensions is to escape the conceptual restrictiveness of the Tinbergen-Theil structure while preserving the practical convenience of that model for applied policy work. The paper also describes a solution algorithm incorporating these two extensions, and it presents the results of a sample computational application based on the 1957-58 recession.

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  • Friedman, Benjamin Morton, 1972. "Optimal Economic Stabilization Policy: An Extended Framework," Scholarly Articles 4554308, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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    1. Blueschke, D. & Blueschke-Nikolaeva, V. & Savin, I., 2013. "New insights into optimal control of nonlinear dynamic econometric models: Application of a heuristic approach," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 821-837.
    2. Peter Walsh & J. B. Cruz, Jr., 1976. "Neighboring Stochastic Control of an Econometric Model," NBER Chapters, in: Annals of Economic and Social Measurement, Volume 5, number 2, pages 211-221, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Pedro Garcia Duarte, 2005. "A FEASIBLE AND OBJECTIVE CONCEPT OF OPTIMALITY: THE QUADRATIC LOSS FUNCTION AND U. S. MONETARY POLICY IN THE 1960's," Anais do XXXIII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 33rd Brazilian Economics Meeting] 016, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
    4. Deleau Michel & Malgrange Pierre, 1976. "Application des méthodes d'optimisation aux modèles macroéconomiques de politique économique (l')," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Couverture Orange) 7606, CEPREMAP.
    5. Deissenberg, Christophe & Stöppler, Siegmar, 1976. "Quantitative Bestimmung und dynamische Bewertung optimaler wirtschaftspolitischer Entscheidungen," Discussion Papers, Series I 85, University of Konstanz, Department of Economics.
    6. Benjamin M. Friedman, 1976. "A Note on Uncertainties in Control Applications," NBER Chapters, in: Annals of Economic and Social Measurement, Volume 5, number 2, pages 223-224, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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