“Near-Rational Equilibria in Heterogeneous-Agent Models: A Verification Method” by Dr. Indrajit Mitra
Dr. Indrajit Mitra
University of Michigan
We propose a simulation-based procedure for evaluating approximation accuracy of numerical solutions of general equilibrium models with heterogeneous agents. We measure the approximation accuracy by the magnitude of the welfare loss suffered by the agents as a result of following suboptimal policies. Our procedure allows agents to have knowledge of the future paths of the economy under suitably imposed costs of such foresight. This method is very general, straightforward to implement, and can be used in conjunction with various solution algorithms. We illustrate our method in two contexts: first, in the incomplete-markets model of Krusell and Smith (1998) and second, in the heterogeneous firm model of Khan and Thomas (2008).