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A Note on the Solution of A Two-Point Boundary Value Problem Frequently Encountered in Rational Expectations Models

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  • Willem H. Buiter

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The paper analyses a class of two-point boundary value problem for systems of linear differential equations with constant coefficients. The boundary conditions are expressed as linear restrictions on the state vector at an initial time and at a finite terminal time. This is applicable even if the terminal conditions involve the asymptotic convergence of the system to steady-state equilibrium. as is frequently the case in eC9nomic applications. It is also a suitable format for numerical applications using existing computer routines. The case in which there are more stable eigenvalues than predetermined state variables is also considered. An example involving a small open economy macroeconomic model is used to illustrate the analysis.

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  • Willem H. Buiter, 1981. "A Note on the Solution of A Two-Point Boundary Value Problem Frequently Encountered in Rational Expectations Models," NBER Technical Working Papers 0012, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Willem H. Buiter & Marcus H. Miller, 1980. "Monetary Policy and International Competitiveness," NBER Working Papers 0591, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Willem H. Buiter, 1984. "Policy evaluation and design for continuous time linear rational expectations models: some recent development," NBER Technical Working Papers 0034, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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