Computationally Efficient Solution and Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Nonlinear Rational Expectations Models

Working Paper 96-2
by Jeffrey C. Fuhrer and C. Hoyt Bleakley
1996 Series

This paper presents new, computationally efficient algorithms for solution and estimation of nonlinear dynamic rational expectations models. The innovations in the algorithms are as follows: (1) The entire solution path is obtained simultaneously by taking a small number of Newton steps, using analytic derivatives, over the entire path; (2) The terminal conditions for the solution path are derived from the uniqueness and stability conditions from the linearization of the model around the terminus of the solution path; (3) Unit roots are allowed in the model; (4) Very general models with expectational identities and singularities of the type handled by the King-Watson (1995a,b) linear algorithms are also allowed; and (5) Rank-deficient covariance matrices that arise owing to the presence of expectational identities are admissible. Reasonably complex models are solved in less than a second on a Sun Sparc20. This speed improvement makes derivative-based estimation methods feasible. Algorithms for maximum likelihood estimation and sample estimation problems are presented.

JEL classification codes: E52, E43

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