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Linear-Quadratic Approximation, Efficiency and Target-Implementability

Levine, P, Pearlman, J and Pierse, R Linear-Quadratic Approximation, Efficiency and Target-Implementability .

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Abstract

We examine linear-quadratic (LQ) approximation of stochastic dynamic optimization problems in macroeconomics (and elsewhere), in particular in policy analysis using Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) models. We first define the problem that is solved by a social planner, given that the objective of the latter is to maximize average welfare; this yields the efficient solution. We then comment on the LQ approximation when a tax or subsidy can be imposed such that the zero-inflation competitive steady state output level is equal to the efficient level. We then examine the correct procedure for replacing a stochastic non-linear dynamic optimization problem with a linear-quadratic approximation. We show that a procedure proposed by Benigno and Woodford (2004) for large underlying distortions in the economy can be more easily implemented through a second-order approximation of the Hamiltonian used to compute the ex ante optimal policy with commitment (the Ramsey problem). We then define the notion of Target-Implementability, which is also a sufficient condition for a particular steady-state maximum of the Ramsey problem, and explain the usefulness of this in the context of stabilization policy

Item Type: Other
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Levine, Pp.levine@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Pearlman, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pierse, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : E52, E37, E58, Linear-quadratic approximation, dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, utility-based loss function
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:14
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/818194

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