Advanced Quantitative Economics with Python

Recursive Models of Dynamic Linear Economies

# 18. Recursive Models of Dynamic Linear Economies¶

“Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things” – Henri Poincare

“Complete market economies are all alike” – Robert E. Lucas, Jr., (1989)

“Every partial equilibrium model can be reinterpreted as a general equilibrium model.” – Anonymous

## 18.1. A Suite of Models¶

This lecture presents a class of linear-quadratic-Gaussian models of general economic equilibrium designed by Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas J. Sargent [HS13].

The class of models is implemented in a Python class DLE that is part of quantecon.

Subsequent lectures use the DLE class to implement various instances that have appeared in the economics literature

### 18.1.1. Overview of the Models¶

In saying that “complete markets are all alike”, Robert E. Lucas, Jr. was noting that all of them have

a commodity space.

a space dual to the commodity space in which prices reside.

endowments of resources.

peoples’ preferences over goods.

physical technologies for transforming resources into goods.

random processes that govern shocks to technologies and preferences and associated information flows.

a single budget constraint per person.

the existence of a representative consumer even when there are many people in the model.

a concept of competitive equilibrium.

theorems connecting competitive equilibrium allocations to allocations that would be chosen by a benevolent social planner.

The models have **no frictions** such as \(\ldots\)

Enforcement difficulties

Information asymmetries

Other forms of transactions costs

Externalities

The models extensively use the powerful ideas of

Indexing commodities and their prices by time (John R. Hicks).

Indexing commodities and their prices by chance (Kenneth Arrow).

Much of the imperialism of complete markets models comes from applying these two tricks.

The Hicks trick of indexing commodities by time is the idea that **dynamics are a special case of statics**.

The Arrow trick of indexing commodities by chance is the idea that **analysis of trade under uncertainty is a special
case of the analysis of trade under certainty**.

The [HS13] class of models specify the commodity space, preferences, technologies, stochastic shocks and information flows in ways that allow the models to be analyzed completely using only the tools of linear time series models and linear-quadratic optimal control described in the two lectures Linear State Space Models and Linear Quadratic Control.

There are costs and benefits associated with the simplifications and specializations needed to make a particular model fit within the [HS13] class

the costs are that linear-quadratic structures are sometimes too confining.

benefits include computational speed, simplicity, and ability to analyze many model features analytically or nearly analytically.

A variety of superficially different models are all instances of the [HS13] class of models

Lucas asset pricing model

Lucas-Prescott model of investment under uncertainty

Asset pricing models with habit persistence

Rosen-Topel equilibrium model of housing

Rosen schooling models

Rosen-Murphy-Scheinkman model of cattle cycles

Hansen-Sargent-Tallarini model of robustness and asset pricing

Many more \(\ldots\)

The diversity of these models conceals an essential unity that illustrates the quotation by Robert E. Lucas, Jr., with which we began this lecture.

### 18.1.2. Forecasting?¶

A consequence of a single budget constraint per person plus the Hicks-Arrow tricks is that households and firms need not forecast.

But there exist equivalent structures called **recursive competitive equilibria** in which they do appear to need to forecast.

In these structures, to forecast, households and firms use:

equilibrium pricing functions, and

knowledge of the Markov structure of the economy’s state vector.

### 18.1.3. Theory and Econometrics¶

For an application of the [HS13] class of models, the outcome of theorizing is a stochastic process, i.e., a probability distribution over sequences of prices and quantities, indexed by parameters describing preferences, technologies, and information flows.

Another name for that object is a likelihood function, a key object of both frequentist and Bayesian statistics.

There are two important uses of an **equilibrium stochastic process** or **likelihood function**.

The first is to solve the **direct problem**.

The **direct problem** takes as inputs values of the parameters that define preferences, technologies, and information flows and as
an output characterizes or simulates random paths of quantities and prices.

The second use of an equilibrium stochastic process or likelihood function is to solve the **inverse problem**.

The **inverse problem** takes as an input a time series sample of observations on a subset of prices and quantities determined by the model
and from them makes inferences about the parameters that define the model’s preferences, technologies, and information flows.

### 18.1.4. More Details¶

A [HS13] economy consists of **lists of matrices** that describe peoples’ household technologies, their preferences over
consumption services, their production technologies, and their information sets.

There are complete markets in history-contingent commodities.

Competitive equilibrium allocations and prices

satisfy equations that are easy to write down and solve

have representations that are convenient econometrically

Different example economies manifest themselves simply as different settings for various matrices.

[HS13] use these tools:

A theory of recursive dynamic competitive economies

Linear optimal control theory

Recursive methods for estimating and interpreting vector autoregressions

The models are flexible enough to express alternative senses of a representative household

A single ‘stand-in’ household of the type used to good effect by Edward C. Prescott.

Heterogeneous households satisfying conditions for Gorman aggregation into a representative household.

Heterogeneous household technologies that violate conditions for Gorman aggregation but are still susceptible to aggregation into a single representative household via ‘non-Gorman’ or ‘mongrel’ aggregation’.

These three alternative types of aggregation have different consequences in terms of how prices and allocations can be computed.

In particular, can prices and an aggregate allocation be computed before the equilibrium allocation to individual heterogeneous households is computed?

Answers are “Yes” for Gorman aggregation, “No” for non-Gorman aggregation.

In summary, the insights and practical benefits from economics to be introduced in this lecture are

Deeper understandings that come from recognizing common underlying structures.

Speed and ease of computation that comes from unleashing a common suite of Python programs.

We’ll use the following **mathematical tools**

Stochastic Difference Equations (Linear).

Duality: LQ Dynamic Programming and Linear Filtering are the same things mathematically.

The Spectral Factorization Identity (for understanding vector autoregressions and non-Gorman aggregation).

So here is our roadmap.

We’ll describe sets of matrices that pin down

Information

Technologies

Preferences

Then we’ll describe

Equilibrium concept and computation

Econometric representation and estimation

### 18.1.5. Stochastic Model of Information Flows and Outcomes¶

We’ll use stochastic linear difference equations to describe information flows **and** equilibrium outcomes.

The sequence \(\{w_t : t=1,2, \ldots\}\) is said to be a martingale difference sequence adapted to \(\{J_t : t=0, 1, \ldots \}\) if \(E(w_{t+1} \vert J_t) = 0\) for \(t=0, 1, \ldots\,\).

The sequence \(\{w_t : t=1,2,\ldots\}\) is said to be conditionally homoskedastic if \(E(w_{t+1}w_{t+1}^\prime \mid J_t) = I\) for \(t=0,1, \ldots\,\).

We assume that the \(\{w_t : t=1,2,\ldots\}\) process is conditionally homoskedastic.

Let \(\{x_t : t=1,2,\ldots\}\) be a sequence of \(n\)-dimensional random vectors, i.e. an \(n\)-dimensional stochastic process.

The process \(\{x_t : t=1,2,\ldots\}\) is constructed recursively using an initial random vector \(x_0\sim {\mathcal N}(\hat x_0, \Sigma_0)\) and a time-invariant law of motion:

for \(t=0,1,\ldots\) where \(A\) is an \(n\) by \(n\) matrix and \(C\) is an \(n\) by \(N\) matrix.

Evidently, the distribution of \(x_{t+1}\) conditional on \(x_t\) is \({\mathcal N}(Ax_t, CC')\).

### 18.1.6. Information Sets¶

Let \(J_0\) be generated by \(x_0\) and \(J_t\) be generated by \(x_0, w_1, \ldots , w_t\), which means that \(J_t\) consists of the set of all measurable functions of \(\{x_0, w_1,\ldots, w_t\}\).

### 18.1.7. Prediction Theory¶

The optimal forecast of \(x_{t+1}\) given current information is

and the one-step-ahead forecast error is

The covariance matrix of \(x_{t+1}\) conditioned on \(J_t\) is

A nonrecursive expression for \(x_t\) as a function of \(x_0, w_1, w_2, \ldots, w_t\) is

Shift forward in time:

Projecting on the information set \(\{ x_0, w_t, w_{t-1}, \ldots, w_1\}\) gives

where \(E_t (\cdot) \equiv E [ (\cdot) \mid x_0, w_t, w_{t-1}, \ldots, w_1] = E (\cdot) \mid J_t\), and \(x_t\) is in \(J_t\).

It is useful to obtain the covariance matrix of the \(j\)-step-ahead prediction error \(x_{t+j} - E_t x_{t+j} = \sum^{j-1}_{s=0} A^s C w_{t-s+j}\).

Evidently,

\(v_j\) can be calculated recursively via

### 18.1.8. Orthogonal Decomposition¶

To decompose these covariances into parts attributable to the individual components of \(w_t\), we let \(i_\tau\) be an \(N\)-dimensional column vector of zeroes except in position \(\tau\), where there is a one. Define a matrix \(\upsilon_{j,\tau}\)

Note that \(\sum_{\tau=1}^N i_\tau i_\tau^\prime = I\), so that we have

Evidently, the matrices \(\{ \upsilon_{j, \tau} , \tau = 1, \ldots, N \}\) give an orthogonal decomposition of the covariance matrix of \(j\)-step-ahead prediction errors into the parts attributable to each of the components \(\tau = 1, \ldots, N\).

### 18.1.9. Taste and Technology Shocks¶

\(E(w_t \mid J_{t-1}) = 0\) and \(E(w_t w_t^\prime \mid J_{t-1}) = I\) for \(t=1,2, \ldots\)

\(U_b\) and \(U_d\) are matrices that select entries of \(z_t\). The law of motion for \(\{z_t : t=0, 1, \ldots\}\) is

where \(z_0\) is a given initial condition. The eigenvalues of the matrix \(A_{22}\) have absolute values that are less than or equal to one.

Thus, in summary, our model of **information and shocks** is

We can now briefly summarize other components of our economies, in particular

Production technologies

Household technologies

Household preferences

### 18.1.10. Production Technology¶

Where \(c_t\) is a vector of consumption rates, \(k_t\) is a vector of physical capital goods, \(g_t\) is a vector intermediate productions goods, \(d_t\) is a vector of technology shocks, the production technology is

Here \(\Phi_c, \Phi_g, \Phi_i, \Gamma, \Delta_k, \Theta_k\) are all matrices conformable to the vectors they multiply and \(\ell_t\) is a disutility generating resource supplied by the household.

For technical reasons that facilitate computations, we make the following.

**Assumption:** \([\Phi_c\ \Phi_g]\) is nonsingular.

### 18.1.11. Household Technology¶

Households confront a technology that allows them to devote consumption goods to construct a vector \(h_t\) of household capital goods and a vector \(s_t\) of utility generating house services

where \(\Lambda, \Pi, \Delta_h, \Theta_h\) are matrices that pin down the household technology.

We make the following

**Assumption:** The absolute values of the eigenvalues of \(\Delta_h\)
are less than or equal to one.

Below, we’ll outline further assumptions that we shall occasionally impose.

### 18.1.12. Preferences¶

Where \(b_t\) is a stochastic process of preference shocks that will play the role of demand shifters, the representative household orders stochastic processes of consumption services \(s_t\) according to

We now proceed to give examples of production and household technologies that appear in various models that appear in the literature.

First, we give examples of production Technologies

so we’ll be looking for specifications of the matrices \(\Phi_c, \Phi_g, \Phi_i, \Gamma, \Delta_k, \Theta_k\) that define them.

### 18.1.13. Endowment Economy¶

There is a single consumption good that cannot be stored over time.

In time period \(t\), there is an endowment \(d_t\) of this single good.

There is neither a capital stock, nor an intermediate good, nor a rate of investment.

So \(c_t = d_t\).

To implement this specification, we can choose \(A_{22}, C_2\), and \(U_d\) to make \(d_t\) follow any of a variety of stochastic processes.

To satisfy our earlier rank assumption, we set:

where \(\phi_1\) is a small positive number.

To implement this version, we set \(\Delta_k = \Theta_k = 0\) and

We can use this specification to create a linear-quadratic version of Lucas’s (1978) asset pricing model.

### 18.1.14. Single-Period Adjustment Costs¶

There is a single consumption good, a single intermediate good, and a single investment good.

The technology is described by

Set

We set \(A_{22}, C_2\) and \(U_d\) to make \((d_{1t}, d_{2t})^\prime = d_t\) follow a desired stochastic process.

Now we describe some examples of preferences, which as we have seen are ordered by

where household services are produced via the household technology

and we make

**Assumption:** The absolute values of the eigenvalues of \(\Delta_h\)
are less than or equal to one.

Later we shall introduce **canonical** household technologies that satisfy an ‘invertibility’
requirement relating sequences \(\{s_t\}\) of services and
\(\{c_t\}\) of consumption flows.

And we’ll describe how to obtain a canonical representation of a household technology from one that is not canonical.

Here are some examples of household preferences.

**Time Separable preferences**

**Consumer Durables**

Services at \(t\) are related to the stock of durables at the beginning of the period:

Preferences are ordered by

Set \(\Delta_h = \delta_h, \Theta_h =1, \Lambda = \lambda, \Pi = 0\).

**Habit Persistence**

Here the effective bliss point \(b_t + \lambda (1 - \delta_h) \sum^\infty_{j=0} \delta^j_h\, c_{t-j-1}\) shifts in response to a moving average of past consumption.

**Initial Conditions**

Preferences of this form require an initial condition for the geometric sum \(\sum^\infty_{j=0} \delta_h^j c_{t - j-1}\) that we specify as an initial condition for the ‘stock of household durables,’ \(h_{-1}\).

Set

To implement, set \(\Lambda = -\lambda,\ \Pi = 1,\ \Delta_h = \delta_h,\ \Theta_h=1-\delta_h\).

**Seasonal Habit Persistence**

Here the effective bliss point \(b_t + \lambda (1 - \delta_h) \sum^\infty_{j=0} \delta^j_h\, c_{t-4j-4}\) shifts in response to a moving average of past consumptions of the same quarter.

To implement, set

This implies that

with consumption services

**Adjustment Costs**.

Recall

To capture adjustment costs, set

so that

We set the first component \(b_{1t}\) of \(b_t\) to capture the stochastic bliss process and set the second component identically equal to zero.

Thus, we set \(\Delta_h = 0, \Theta_h = 1\)

**Multiple Consumption Goods**

This is called the **Frisch demand function** for consumption.

We can think of the vector \(\mu_t\) as playing the role of prices, up to a common factor, for all dates and states.

The scale factor is determined by the choice of numeraire.

Notions of **substitutes and complements** can be defined in terms of these
Frisch demand functions.

Two goods can be said to be **substitutes** if the
cross-price effect is positive and to be **complements** if this effect is
negative.

Hence this classification is determined by the off-diagonal element of \(-(\Pi^\prime \Pi)^{-1}\), which is equal to \(\pi_2 \pi_3 /\det (\Pi^\prime \Pi)\).

If \(\pi_2\) and \(\pi_3\) have the same sign, the goods are substitutes.

If they have opposite signs, the goods are complements.

To summarize, our economic structure consists of the matrices that define the following components:

**Information and shocks**

**Production Technology**

**Household Technology**

**Preferences**

**Next steps:** we move on to discuss two closely connected concepts

A Planning Problem or Optimal Resource Allocation Problem

Competitive Equilibrium

### 18.1.15. Optimal Resource Allocation¶

Imagine a planner who chooses sequences \(\{c_t, i_t, g_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) to maximize

subject to the constraints

and initial conditions for \(h_{-1}, k_{-1}\), and \(z_0\).

Throughout, we shall impose the following **square summability** conditions

Define:

Thus, we require that each component of \(h_t\) and each component of \(k_t\) belong to \(L_0^2\).

We shall compare and utilize two approaches to solving the planning problem

Lagrangian formulation

Dynamic programming

### 18.1.16. Lagrangian Formulation¶

Form the Lagrangian

The planner maximizes \({\mathcal L}\) with respect to the quantities \(\{c_t, i_t, g_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) and minimizes with respect to the Lagrange multipliers \({\cal M}_t^d, {\cal M}_t^k, {\cal M}_t^h, {\cal M}_t^s\).

First-order necessary conditions for maximization with respect to \(c_t, g_t, h_t, i_t, k_t\), and \(s_t\), respectively, are:

for \(t=0,1, \ldots\).

In addition, we have the complementary slackness conditions (these recover the original transition equations) and also transversality conditions

The system formed by the FONCs and the transition equations can be handed over to Python.

Python will solve the planning problem for fixed parameter values.

Here are the **Python Ready Equations**

The Lagrange multipliers or **shadow prices** satisfy

Although it is possible to use matrix operator methods to solve the above **Python ready equations**, that is not
the approach we’ll use.

Instead, we’ll use dynamic programming to get recursive representations for both quantities and shadow prices.

### 18.1.17. Dynamic Programming¶

Dynamic Programming always starts with the word **let**.

Thus, let \(V(x_0)\) be the optimal value function for the planning problem as a function of the initial state vector \(x_0\).

(Thus, in essence, dynamic programming amounts to an application of a **guess and verify** method in which we begin with a guess about the answer
to the problem we want to solve. That’s why we start with **let** \(V(x_0)\) be the (value of the) answer to the problem, then establish and
verify a bunch of conditions \(V(x_0)\) has to satisfy if indeed it is the answer)

The optimal value function \(V(x)\) satisfies the **Bellman equation**

subject to the linear constraints

Because this is a linear-quadratic dynamic programming problem, it turns out that the value function has the form

Thus, we want to solve an instance of the following linear-quadratic dynamic programming problem:

Choose a contingency plan for \(\{x_{t+1}, u_t \}_{t=0}^\infty\) to maximize

subject to

where \(x_0\) is given; \(x_t\) is an \(n \times 1\) vector of state variables, and \(u_t\) is a \(k \times 1\) vector of control variables.

We assume \(w_{t+1}\) is a martingale difference sequence with \(E w_t w_t^\prime = I\), and that \(C\) is a matrix conformable to \(x\) and \(w\).

The optimal value function \(V(x)\) satisfies the Bellman equation

where maximization is subject to

\(P\) satisfies

This equation in \(P\) is called the **algebraic matrix Riccati
equation**.

The optimal decision rule is \(u_t = - F x_t\), where

The optimum decision rule for \(u_t\) is independent of the parameters \(C\), and so of the noise statistics.

Iterating on the Bellman operator leads to

where \(P_{j}\) and \(\rho_{j}\) satisfy the equations

We can now state the planning problem as a dynamic programming problem

where maximization is subject to

where

**Lagrange multipliers as gradient of value function**

A useful fact is that Lagrange multipliers equal gradients of the planner’s value function

We will use this fact and these equations to compute competitive equilibrium prices.

### 18.1.18. Other mathematical infrastructure¶

Let’s start with describing the **commodity space** and **pricing functional** for our competitive equilibrium.

For the **commodity space**, we use

For **pricing functionals**, we express values as inner products

where \(p_t^0\) belongs to \(L_0^2\).

With these objects in our toolkit, we move on to state the
problem of a **Representative Household in a competitive equilibrium**.

### 18.1.19. Representative Household¶

The representative household owns endowment process and initial stocks of \(h\) and \(k\) and chooses stochastic processes for \(\{c_t,\, s_t,\, h_t,\, \ell_t\}^\infty_{t=0}\), each element of which is in \(L^2_0\), to maximize

subject to

We now describe the problems faced by two types of firms called type I and type II.

### 18.1.20. Type I Firm¶

A type I firm rents capital and labor and endowments and produces \(c_t, i_t\).

It chooses stochastic processes for \(\{c_t, i_t, k_t, \ell_t, g_t, d_t\}\), each element of which is in \(L^2_0\), to maximize

subject to

### 18.1.21. Type II Firm¶

A firm of type II acquires capital via investment and then rents stocks of capital to the \(c,i\)-producing type I firm.

A type II firm is a price taker facing the vector \(v_0\) and the stochastic processes \(\{r^0_t, q^0_t\}\).

The firm chooses \(k_{-1}\) and stochastic processes for \(\{k_t, i_t\}^\infty_{t=0}\) to maximize

subject to

### 18.1.22. Competitive Equilibrium: Definition¶

We can now state the following.

**Definition:** A competitive equilibrium is a price system
\([v_0, \{p^0_t, w^0_t, \alpha^0_t, q^0_t, r^0_t\}^\infty_{t=0}]\)
and an allocation \(\{c_t, i_t, k_t, h_t, g_t, d_t\}^\infty_{t=0}\)
that satisfy the following conditions:

Each component of the price system and the allocation resides in the space \(L^2_0\).

Given the price system and given \(h_{-1},\, k_{-1}\), the allocation solves the representative household’s problem and the problems of the two types of firms.

Versions of the two classical welfare theorems prevail under our assumptions.

We exploit that fact in our algorithm for computing a competitive equilibrium.

**Step 1:** Solve the planning problem by using dynamic programming.

The allocation (i.e., **quantities**) that solve the planning problem **are** the
competitive equilibrium quantities.

**Step 2:** use the following formulas to compute the **equilibrium price system**

**Verification:** With this price system, values can be assigned to the Lagrange
multipliers for each of our three classes of agents that cause all
first-order necessary conditions to be satisfied at these prices and at
the quantities associated with the optimum of the planning problem.

### 18.1.23. Asset pricing¶

An important use of an equilibrium pricing system is to do asset pricing.

Thus, imagine that we are presented a dividend stream: \(\{y_t\} \in L^2_0\) and want to compute the value of a perpetual claim to this stream.

To value this asset we simply take **price times quantity** and add to get
an asset value: \(a_0 = E\, \sum_{t=0}^\infty\, \beta^t\ p_t^0 \cdot y_t \mid J_0\).

To compute \(ao\) we proceed as follows.

We let

We have the following convenient formulas:

### 18.1.24. Re-Opening Markets¶

We have assumed that all trading occurs once-and-for-all at time \(t=0\).

If we were to **re-open markets** at some time \(t >0\) at time \(t\) wealth levels implicitly defined by
time \(0\) trades, we would obtain the same equilibrium allocation (i.e., quantities) and the following time \(t\)
price system

## 18.2. Econometrics¶

Up to now, we have described how to solve the **direct problem** that maps model parameters into an (equilibrium) stochastic process
of prices and quantities.

Recall the **inverse problem** of inferring model parameters from a single realization of a time series of some of the prices and quantities.

Another name for the inverse problem is **econometrics**.

An advantage of the [HS13] structure is that it comes with a self-contained theory of econometrics.

It is really just a tale of two state-space representations.

Here they are:

**Original State-Space Representation:**

where \(v_t\) is a martingale difference sequence of measurement errors that satisfies \(Ev_t v_t' = R, E w_{t+1} v_s' = 0\) for all \(t+1 \geq s\) and

**Innovations Representation:**

where \(a_t = y_t - E[y_t | y^{t-1}], E a_t a_t^\prime \equiv \Omega_t = G \Sigma_t G^\prime + R\).

Compare numbers of shocks in the two representations:

\(n_w + n_y\) versus \(n_y\)

Compare spaces spanned

\(H(y^t) \subset H(w^t,v^t)\)

\(H(y^t) = H(a^t)\)

**Kalman Filter:**.

Kalman gain:

Riccati Difference Equation:

**Innovations Representation as Whitener**

Whitening Filter:

can be used recursively to construct a record of innovations \(\{ a_t \}^T_{t=0}\) from an \((\hat x_0, \Sigma_0)\) and a record of observations \(\{ y_t \}^T_{t=0}\).

**Limiting Time-Invariant Innovations Representation**

where \(E a_t a_t^\prime \equiv \Omega = G \Sigma G^\prime + R\).

### 18.2.1. Factorization of Likelihood Function¶

Sample of observations \(\{y_s\}_{s=0}^T\) on a \((n_y \times 1)\) vector.

Gaussian Log-Likelihood:

### 18.2.2. Covariance Generating Functions¶

Autocovariance: \(C_x(\tau) = E x_t x_{t-\tau}'\).

Generating Function: \(S_x(z) = \sum_{\tau = -\infty}^\infty C_x(\tau) z^\tau, z \in C\).

### 18.2.3. Spectral Factorization Identity¶

Original state-space representation has too many shocks and implies:

Innovations representation has as many shocks as dimension of \(y_t\) and implies

Equating these two leads to:

**Key Insight:** The zeros of the polynomial
\(\det [G(zI-A^o)^{-1}K +I]\) all lie inside the unit circle, which
means that \(a_t\) lies in the space spanned by square summable
linear combinations of \(y^t\).

**Key Property:** Invertibility

### 18.2.4. Wold and Vector Autoregressive Representations¶

Let’s start with some lag operator arithmetic.

The lag operator \(L\) and the inverse lag operator \(L^{-1}\) each map an infinite sequence into an infinite sequence according to the transformation rules

A **Wold moving average representation** for \(\{y_t\}\) is

Applying the inverse of the operator on the right side and using

gives the **vector autoregressive representation**

## 18.3. Dynamic Demand Curves and Canonical Household Technologies¶

### 18.3.1. Canonical Household Technologies¶

**Definition:** A household service technology
\((\Delta_h, \Theta_h, \Pi,\Lambda, U_b)\) is said to be **canonical**
if

\(\color{blue}{\Pi}\) is nonsingular, and

the absolute values of the eigenvalues of \(\color{blue}{(\Delta_h - \Theta_h \Pi^{-1}\Lambda)}\) are strictly less than \(1/\sqrt\beta\).

**Key invertibility property:** A canonical household service
technology maps a service process \(\{s_t\}\) in \(L_0^2\)
into a corresponding consumption process \(\{c_t\}\) for which the
implied household capital stock process \(\{h_t\}\) is also in
\(L^2_0\).

An inverse household technology:

The restriction on the eigenvalues of the matrix \((\Delta_h - \Theta_h \Pi^{-1} \Lambda)\) keeps the household capital stock \(\{h_t\}\) in \(L_0^2\).

### 18.3.2. Dynamic Demand Functions¶

where \(h_{i,-1} = h_{-1}\).

This system expresses consumption demands at date \(t\) as functions of: (i) time-\(t\) conditional expectations of future scaled Arrow-Debreu prices \(\{p_{t+s}^0\}_{s=0}^\infty\); (ii) the stochastic process for the household’s endowment \(\{d_t\}\) and preference shock \(\{b_t\}\), as mediated through the multiplier \(\mu_0^w\) and wealth \(W_0\); and (iii) past values of consumption, as mediated through the state variable \(h_{t-1}\).

## 18.4. Gorman Aggregation and Engel Curves¶

We shall explore how the dynamic demand schedule for consumption goods opens up the possibility of satisfying Gorman’s (1953) conditions for aggregation in a heterogeneous consumer model.

The first equation of our demand system is an Engel curve for consumption that is linear in the marginal utility \(\mu_0^2\) of individual wealth with a coefficient on \(\mu_0^w\) that depends only on prices.

The multiplier \(\mu_0^w\) depends on wealth in an affine relationship, so that consumption is linear in wealth.

In a model with multiple consumers who have the same household technologies (\(\Delta_h, \Theta_h, \Lambda, \Pi\)) but possibly different preference shock processes and initial values of household capital stocks, the coefficient on the marginal utility of wealth is the same for all consumers.

Gorman showed that when Engel curves satisfy this property, there exists a unique community or aggregate preference ordering over aggregate consumption that is independent of the distribution of wealth.

### 18.4.1. Re-Opened Markets¶

where now \(h_{i,t-1} = h_{t-1}\). Define time \(t\) wealth \(W_t\)

### 18.4.2. Dynamic Demand¶

Define a time \(t\) continuation of a sequence \(\{z_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) as the sequence \(\{z_\tau\}_{\tau=t}^\infty\). The demand system indicates that the time \(t\) vector of demands for \(c_t\) is influenced by:

Through the multiplier \(\mu^w_t\), the time \(t\) continuation of the preference shock process \(\{b_t\}\) and the time \(t\) continuation of \(\{s_{i,t}\}\).

The time \(t-1\) level of household durables \(h_{t-1}\).

Everything that affects the household’s time \(t\) wealth, including its stock of physical capital \(k_{t-1}\) and its value \(v_t\), the time \(t\) continuation of the factor prices \(\{w_t, \alpha_t\}\), the household’s continuation endowment process, and the household’s continuation plan for \(\{\ell_t\}\).

The time \(t\) continuation of the vector of prices \(\{p_t^t\}\).

### 18.4.3. Attaining a Canonical Household Technology¶

Apply the following version of a factorization identity:

The factorization identity guarantees that the \([\hat \Lambda, \hat \Pi]\) representation satisfies both requirements for a canonical representation.

## 18.5. Partial Equilibrium¶

Now we’ll provide quick overviews of examples of economies that fit within our framework

We provide details for a number of these examples in subsequent lectures

We’ll start with an example of a **partial equilibrium** in which we posit demand and supply curves

Suppose that we want to capture the dynamic demand curve:

From material described earlier in this lecture, we know how to reverse engineer preferences that generate this demand system

note how the demand equations are cast in terms of the matrices in our standard preference representation

Now let’s turn to supply.

A representative firm takes as given and beyond its control the stochastic process \(\{p_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\).

The firm sells its output \(c_t\) in a competitive market each period.

Only spot markets convene at each date \(t\geq 0\).

The firm also faces an exogenous process of cost disturbances \(d_t\).

The firm chooses stochastic processes \(\{c_t, g_t, i_t, k_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) to maximize

subject to given \(k_{-1}\) and

## 18.6. Equilibrium Investment Under Uncertainty¶

A representative firm maximizes

subject to the technology

where \(d_t\) is a cost shifter, \(\gamma> 0\), and \(f_1 >0\) is a cost parameter and \(f_2 =1\). Demand is governed by

where \(u_t\) is a demand shifter with mean zero and \(\alpha_0, \alpha_1\) are positive parameters.

Assume that \(u_t, d_t\) are uncorrelated first-order autoregressive processes.

## 18.7. A Rosen-Topel Housing Model¶

where \(h_t\) is the stock of housing at time \(t\) \(R_t\) is the rental rate for housing, \(p_t\) is the price of new houses, and \(b_t\) is a demand shifter; \(\alpha < 0\) is a demand parameter, and \(\delta_h\) is a depreciation factor for houses.

We cast this demand specification within our class of models by letting the stock of houses \(h_t\) evolve according to

where \(c_t\) is the rate of production of new houses.

Houses produce services \(s_t\) according to \(s_t = \bar \lambda h_t\) or \(s_t = \lambda h_{t-1} + \pi c_t,\) where \(\lambda= \bar \lambda \delta_h, \pi = \bar \lambda\).

We can take \(\bar \lambda \rho_t^0 = R_t\) as the rental rate on housing at time \(t\), measured in units of time \(t\) consumption (housing).

Demand for housing services is

where the price of new houses \(p_t\) is related to \(\rho_t^0\) by \(\rho_t^0 = \pi^{-1} [ p_t - \beta \delta_h E_t p_{t+1}]\).

## 18.8. Cattle Cycles¶

Rosen, Murphy, and Scheinkman (1994). Let \(p_t\) be the price of freshly slaughtered beef, \(m_t\) the feeding cost of preparing an animal for slaughter, \(\tilde h_t\) the one-period holding cost for a mature animal, \(\gamma_1 \tilde h_t\) the one-period holding cost for a yearling, and \(\gamma_0 \tilde h_t\) the one-period holding cost for a calf.

The cost processes \(\{\tilde h_t, m_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) are exogenous, while the stochastic process \(\{p_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) is determined by a rational expectations equilibrium. Let \(\tilde x_t\) be the breeding stock, and \(\tilde y_t\) be the total stock of animals.

The law of motion for cattle stocks is

where \(c_t\) is a rate of slaughtering. The total head-count of cattle

is the sum of adults, calves, and yearlings, respectively.

A representative farmer chooses \(\{c_t, \tilde x_t\}\) to maximize

where

Demand is governed by

where \(\alpha_0 > 0\), \(\alpha_1 > 0\), and \(\{\tilde d_t\}_{t=0}^\infty\) is a stochastic process with mean zero representing a demand shifter.

For more details see Cattle cycles

## 18.9. Models of Occupational Choice and Pay¶

We’ll describe the following pair of schooling models that view education as a time-to-build process:

Rosen schooling model for engineers

Two-occupation model

### 18.9.1. Market for Engineers¶

Ryoo and Rosen’s (2004) [RR04] model consists of the following equations:

first, a demand curve for engineers

second, a time-to-build structure of the education process

third, a definition of the discounted present value of each new engineering student

and fourth, a supply curve of new students driven by \(v_t\)

Here \(\{\epsilon_{1t}, \epsilon_{2t}\}\) are stochastic processes of labor demand and supply shocks.

**Definition:** A partial equilibrium is a stochastic process
\(\{w_t, N_t, v_t, n_t\}^\infty_{t=0}\) satisfying these four
equations, and initial conditions
\(N_{-1}, n_{-s}, s=1, \ldots, -k\).

We sweep the time-to-build structure and the demand for engineers into the household technology and putting the supply of new engineers into the technology for producing goods.

This specification sets Rosen’s \(N_t = h_{1t-1}, n_t = c_t, h_{\tau+1,t-1} = n_{t-\tau}, \tau=1, \ldots, k\), and uses the home-produced service to capture the demand for labor. Here \(\lambda_1\) embodies Rosen’s demand parameter \(\alpha_d\).

The supply of new workers becomes our consumption.

The dynamic demand curve becomes Rosen’s dynamic supply curve for new workers.

**Remark:** This has an Imai-Keane flavor.

For more details and Python code see Rosen schooling model.

### 18.9.2. Skilled and Unskilled Workers¶

First, a demand curve for labor

where \(\alpha_d\) is a \((2 \times 2)\) matrix of demand parameters and \(\epsilon_{1t}\) is a vector of demand shifters second, time-to-train specifications for skilled and unskilled labor, respectively:

where \(N_{st}, N_{ut}\) are stocks of the two types of labor, and \(n_{st}, n_{ut}\) are entry rates into the two occupations.

third, definitions of discounted present values of new entrants to the skilled and unskilled occupations, respectively:

where \(w_{ut}, w_{st}\) are wage rates for the two occupations; and fourth, supply curves for new entrants:

**Short Cut**

As an alternative, Siow simply used the **equalizing differences**
condition

## 18.10. Permanent Income Models¶

We’ll describe a class of permanent income models that feature

Many consumption goods and services

A single capital good with \(R \beta =1\)

The physical production technology

**Implication One:**

Equality of Present Values of Moving Average Coefficients of \(c\) and \(e\)

where \(\chi_j w_t\) is the response of \(c_{t+j}\) to \(w_t\) and \(\epsilon_j w_t\) is the response of endowment \(e_{t+j}\) to \(w_t\):

**Implication Two:**

Martingales

and

For more details see Permanent Income Using the DLE class

**Testing Permanent Income Models:**

We have two types of implications of permanent income models:

Equality of present values of moving average coefficients.

Martingale \({\mathcal M}_t^k\).

These have been tested in work by Hansen, Sargent, and Roberts (1991) [SHR91] and by Attanasio and Pavoni (2011) [AP11].

## 18.11. Gorman Heterogeneous Households¶

We now assume that there is a finite number of households, each with its own household technology and preferences over consumption services.

Household \(j\) orders preferences over consumption processes according to

and \(h_{j,-1}\) is given

where \(k_{j,-1}\) is given. The \(j^{\rm th}\) consumer owns an endowment process \(d_{jt}\), governed by the stochastic process \(d_{jt} = U_{dj}\, z_t\).

We refer to this as a setting with Gorman heterogeneous households.

This specification confines heterogeneity among consumers to:

differences in the preference processes \(\{b_{jt}\}\), represented by different selections of \(U_{bj}\)

differences in the endowment processes \(\{d_{jt}\}\), represented by different selections of \(U_{dj}\)

differences in \(h_{j,-1}\) and

differences in \(k_{j,-1}\)

The matrices \(\Lambda,\,\Pi,\,\Delta_h,\,\Theta_h\) do not depend on \(j\).

This makes everybody’s demand system have the form described earlier, with different \(\mu_{j0}^w\)’s (reflecting different wealth levels) and different \(b_{jt}\) preference shock processes and initial conditions for household capital stocks.

**Punchline:** there exists a representative consumer.

We can use the representative consumer to compute a competitive equilibrium **aggregate** allocation and price system.

With the equilibrium aggregate allocation and price system in hand, we can then compute allocations to each household.

**Computing Allocations to Individuals:**

Set

Then solve the following equation for \(\mu_{0j}^{w}\):

Here \(h_{j,-1}\) given.

## 18.12. Non-Gorman Heterogeneous Households¶

We now describe a less tractable type of heterogeneity across households that we dub **Non-Gorman heterogeneity**.

Here is the specification:

Preferences and Household Technologies:

**Production Technology**

**Pareto Problem:**

**Mongrel Aggregation: Static**

There is what we call a kind of **mongrel aggregation** in this setting.

We first describe the idea within a simple static setting in which there is a single consumer static inverse demand with implied preferences:

An inverse demand curve is

Integrating the marginal utility vector shows that preferences can be taken to be

**Key Insight:** Factor the inverse of a ‘covariance matrix’.

Now assume that there are two consumers, \(i=1,2\), with demand curves

Setting \(c_{1t} + c_{2t} = c_t\) and solving for \(p_t\) gives

**Punchline:** choose \(\Pi\) associated with the aggregate ordering to
satisfy

**Dynamic Analogue:**

We now describe how to extend mongrel aggregation to a dynamic setting.

The key comparison is

Static: factor a covariance matrix-like object

Dynamic: factor a spectral-density matrix-like object

Programming Problem for Dynamic Mongrel Aggregation:

Our strategy for deducing the mongrel preference ordering over \(c_t = c_{1t} + c_{2t}\) is to solve the programming problem: choose \(\{c_{1t},c_{2t}\}\) to maximize the criterion

subject to

subject to \((h_{1, -1},\, h_{2, -1})\) given and \(\{b_{1t}\},\, \{b_{2t}\},\, \{c_t\}\) being known and fixed sequences.

Substituting the \(\{c_{1t},\, c_{2t}\}\) sequences that solve this problem as functions of \(\{b_{1t},\, b_{2t},\, c_t\}\) into the objective determines a mongrel preference ordering over \(\{c_t\} = \{c_{1t} + c_{2t}\}\).

In solving this problem, it is convenient to proceed by using Fourier transforms. For details, please see [HS13] where they deploy a

**Secret Weapon:** Another application of the spectral factorization
identity.

**Concluding remark:** The [HS13] class of models described in this lecture are all complete markets models. We have exploited
the fact that complete market models **are all alike** to allow us to define a class that **gives the same name to different things** in the
spirit of Henri Poincare.

Could we create such a class for **incomplete markets** models?

That would be nice, but before trying it would be wise to contemplate the remainder of a statement by Robert E. Lucas, Jr., with which we began this lecture.

“Complete market economies are all alike but each incomplete market economy is incomplete in its own individual way.” Robert E. Lucas, Jr., (1989)