Economic and DSGE modeling for Julia


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Dynare for Julia

This package aims at bringing to Julia some of the functionality provided by Dynare, a platform for solving economic models and in particular DSGE models.

Please note that this Julia package is very incomplete compared to the original Dynare for MATLAB/Octave, but hopefully it will become more featureful over time.

For the moment the package is only able to compute a model’s steady state, first order decision rules and perfect foresight simulations.

The package is tested against Julia 0.5.x.

A rational expectations example

The following example is a translation of example1.mod that is shipped with Dynare. It computes the steady state and first order decision rules.

Note that the syntax for the model block has been kept as close as possible to the original format.

using Dynare

# Create a model object
m =
@modfile begin
    @var y c k a h b
    @varexo e u
    @parameters beta rho alpha delta theta psi tau
    @model begin
        c*theta*h^(1+psi) = (1-alpha)*y
        k = beta*(((exp(b)*c)/(exp(b(+1))*c(+1)))*(exp(b(+1))*alpha*y(+1)+(1-delta)*k))
        y = exp(a)*(k(-1)^alpha)*(h^(1-alpha))
        k = exp(b)*(y-c)+(1-delta)*k(-1)
        a = rho*a(-1)+tau*b(-1) + e
        b = tau*a(-1)+rho*b(-1) + u

# Do some preliminary computations

# Define a calibration and some starting values for the nonlinear solver

calib = Dict(
         :alpha => 0.36,
         :rho   => 0.95,
         :tau   => 0.025,
         :beta  => 0.99,
         :delta => 0.025,
         :psi   => 0.0,
         :theta => 2.95

initval = Dict(
           :y => 1.08068253095672,
           :c => 0.80359242014163,
           :h => 0.29175631001732,
           :k => 11.08360443260358,
           :a => 0.0,
           :b => 0.0

# Compute and print the steady state for the given calibration

s = steady_state(m, calib, initval)

print_steady_state(m, s)

# Compute and print eigenvalues and first order decision rules

(gy, gu, eigs) = decision_rules(m, calib, s)

println("Eigenvalues: ", eigs)

print_decision_rules(m, gy, gu)

A perfect foresight example

The following example is a translation of ramst.mod that is shipped with Dynare. It computes the steady state and a perfect foresight simulation.

Note that we had to introduce an endogenous variable x1 equal to the exogenous variable x, because leads on exogenous variables are not yet supported.

using Dynare

m =
@modfile begin
    @var c k x1
    @varexo x
    @parameters alph gam delt bet aa
    @model begin
        c + k - aa*x*k(-1)^alph - (1-delt)*k(-1)
        c^(-gam) - (1+bet)^(-1)*(aa*alph*x1(+1)*k^(alph-1) + 1 - delt)*c(+1)^(-gam)
        x1 = x


calib = Dict(
         :alph => 0.5,
         :gam => 0.5,
         :delt => 0.02,
         :bet => 0.05,
         :aa => 0.5

exoval = Dict( :x => 1.0 )

initval = Dict{Symbol, Float64}()
initval[:k] = ((calib[:delt]+calib[:bet])/(exoval[:x]*calib[:aa]*calib[:alph]))^(1/(calib[:alph]-1))
initval[:c] = calib[:aa]*initval[:k]^calib[:alph]-calib[:delt]*initval[:k]
initval[:x1] = exoval[:x]

s = steady_state(m, calib, initval, exoval)

# Compute a 200 periods perfect foresight simulation
# Start and end at the steady state corresponding to x=1
# There is a shock x=1.2 in t=1
# The results will be in endopath (which includes initial and terminal
#  condition, i.e. it goes from t=0 to t=201)

T = 200
endopath = repmat(s, 1, T+2)
exopath = ones(m.n_exo, T)
exopath[1, 1] = 1.2

perfect_foresight_simul!(m, endopath, exopath, calib)

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