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Computing the Distributions of Economic Models Via Simulation

  • John Stachurski

This paper studies the convergence properties of a Monte Carlo algorithm for computing distributions of state variables when the underlying model is a Markov chain with absolutely continuous transition probabilities. We show that the L1 error of the estimator always converges to zero with probability one. In addition, rates of convergence are established for L1 and integral mean squared errors. The algorithm is shown to have many applications in economics.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 949.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:949
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