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Dynamic Optimization in Two-Party Models

  • Warwick J. McKibbin
  • Nouriel Roubini
  • Jeffrey Sachs

The goal of this paper is to study the problem of optimal dynamic policy formulation with competing political parties. We study a general class of problems, in which the two competing political parties have quadratic intertemporal objective functions, and in which the economy has a linear structure and a multidimensional state space. For the general linear quadratic problem we develop a numerical dynamic programming algorithm to solve for optimal policies of each party taking into account the party's objectives; the structure of the economy ; the probability of future election results; and the objectives of the other political party.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2213.

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Date of creation: Apr 1987
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2213
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