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DSGE and RBC Models: Resources for Students and Researchers

Learn the fundamentals of DSGE models in Stata and Dynare with our introductory materials. Our simple, calibrated, and estimated RBC model is designed to help students and researchers understand the key concepts of DSGE modeling. With easy-to-follow instructions and practical examples, our materials make it easy to get started with DSGE modeling in Stata and Dynare.

Some common questions about DSGE models

Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) models are a popular tool used by economists to study macroeconomic phenomena. These models are used to simulate the effects of various shocks or policy changes on the overall economy.

What are DSGE models?

DSGE models are macroeconomic models that attempt to explain how different economic variables interact over time. These models incorporate a wide range of variables, including consumption, investment, government spending, and exports, and use mathematical equations to describe how these variables interact in response to various shocks or policy changes.

How do you build a DSGE model?

Building a DSGE model is a complex task that requires a good understanding of macroeconomic theory and econometrics. Typically, the first step in building a DSGE model is to specify the model's equations, which describe the behavior of different economic agents in response to various shocks. Once the equations have been specified, the model is estimated using econometric techniques.

What are some limitations of DSGE models?

Like all models, DSGE models have limitations. One major limitation of DSGE models is that they often rely on simplifying assumptions, such as the assumption that agents have perfect information and make rational decisions. Additionally, DSGE models may not capture all relevant economic variables, and they may not be able to capture the full complexity of the economy.

How are DSGE models used in policy analysis?

DSGE models are often used in policy analysis to evaluate the likely effects of changes in monetary or fiscal policy on the overall economy. Policymakers and analysts can use DSGE models to simulate the effects of different policy scenarios and to forecast the likely outcomes of different policy decisions.

How do DSGE models compare to other macroeconomic models?

DSGE models are just one type of macroeconomic model. Other types of macroeconomic models include VAR models and structural models. DSGE models are often used when the focus is on understanding the long-run behavior of the economy, while VAR models are often used to analyze short-run fluctuations. Structural models attempt to capture the causal relationships between different economic variables.

What are some examples of DSGE models?

There are many different DSGE models that have been developed by economists over the years. Some well-known examples include the Smets-Wouters model, the New Keynesian model, and the Real Business Cycle model.

Learn DSGE models in Matlab Dynare

In this course I will show you step by step how to solve the simple RBC model in Matlab-Dynare. We will go through each of the commands. Wait, that's not all! We will move one step forward and add oil to the economy. I will show you have to modify the simple RBC model and add oil in the production function and an equation to supply oil. Finally, we will bring real data to the model. We will use the GDP cycle to estimate the model. What are you waiting for? Check it out!