Computation of solutions to dynamic models with occasionally binding constraints

Year
2016
Type(s)
Author(s)
Tom D. Holden
Source
Reject & Resubmit, Quantitative Economics
Url(s)
https://ideas.repec.org/p/zbw/esprep/144569.html
BibTeX
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We construct the first algorithm for the perfect foresight solution of otherwise linear models with occasionally binding constraints, with fixed terminal conditions, that is guaranteed to return a solution in finite time, if one exists. We also provide a proof of the inescapability of the “curse of dimensionality” for this problem when nothing is known a priori about the model. We go on to extend our algorithm to deal with stochastic simulation, other non-linearities, and future uncertainty. We show that the resulting algorithm produces fast and accurate simulations of a range of models with occasionally binding constraints.