A new algorithm for solving dynamic stochastic macroeconomic models

Dorofeenko, Victor; Lee, Gabriel S. and Salyer, Kevin D. (2010) A new algorithm for solving dynamic stochastic macroeconomic models. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 34 (3), pp. 388-403.

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This paper introduces a new algorithm, the recursive upwind Gauss–Seidel method, and applies it to solve a standard stochastic growth model in which the technology shocks exhibit heteroskedasticity. This method exploits the fact that the equations defining equilibrium can be viewed as a set of algebraic equations in the neighborhood of the steady-state. In a non-stochastic setting, the algorithm, in essence, continually extends a local solution to a globally accurate solution. When stochastic elements are introduced, it then uses a recursive scheme in order to determine the global solution. This method is compared to projection, perturbation, and linearization approaches and is shown to be fast and globally accurate. We also demonstrate that linearization methods perform poorly in an environment of heteroskedasticity even though the unconditional variance of technology shocks is relatively small and similar to that typically used in RBC analysis. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Numerical methods, Gauss Seidel method, Projection methods, Real business cycles, Crash state
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): C63, C68, E37
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 08:33
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 14:18
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2009.09.012
ISSN: 0165-1889 (print), 1879-1743 (online)
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/3271

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