Optimal control of heteroscedastic macroeconomic models

Vito Polito, Peter Spencer

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This paper analyses the implications of heteroscedasticity for optimal macroeconomic policy and welfare. We find that changes in the variance structure driven by exogenous processes like GARCH affect welfare but not the optimal feedback rule. Conversely, changes in the variance structure driven by state-dependent processes affect both. We also derive Certainty-Equivalent Transformations of state-dependent volatility models that allow standard dynamic programming algorithms to be employed to study optimal policy. These results are illustrated numerically using a reduced-form model of the U.S. economy in which changes in volatility are linked to a GARCH process and the rate of inflation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1430-1444
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Econometrics
Issue number7
Early online date16 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


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