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Expert level questions which do not arise prior to graduate studies in economics.

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Markov decision processes, contractions and value iteration

I am reviewing Markov decision processes (MDP) and there is something I am missing with respect to the contraction argument. I am pretty sure it is a silly mistake somewhere (maybe computational), but ...
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One-shot deviation principle for infinite repeated games and dynamic programming

In a context that future return is discounted by a constant parameter, one-shot deviation principle holds for both repeated games and dynamic programming. Because, in repeated games, a one-shot ...
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Is there a way to link Berge's theorem of maximum to Envelope theorem?

Berge's theorem states Let $X \in \mathbb R^m, \Theta \in \mathbb R^n $, $f : X \times \Theta \to \mathbb R$ be a jointly continuous function, $C : \Theta \rightrightarrows X$ be a continuous(both ...
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Optimal consumption in Merton-like portfolio choice model with constant wage

My Questions Consider the following problem. It is almost identical to the classic Merton portfolio choice problem. Here I'm solving it using the so-called Martingale method. I have provided my ...
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What can we know for sure among ambiguous impulse responses in RBC?

I'm trying to understand the section on responses to productivity disturbances in Understanding Real Business Cycles by Plossor. It seems to me ambiguity of representative agent's response in ...
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What is the usefulness of approximating an optimal decision rule that close enough to steadystate in RBC model?

I'm reading understanding real business cycle by Plosser. Here's my crude understanding: For a RBC model, the FOCs of lagrangian together with transversality condition usually forms a nonlinear ...
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Are there conventions in economics for coding the distance between states?

I know there are lots of gravity models in economics that take as an input distance between countries. My understanding is distance is typically coded based on the distance between capital cities, ...
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What is the definition of a “Stackelberg leader-leader equilibrium”?

I have encountered the equilibrium concept of "Stackelberg leader-leader equilibrium" while reading Product Line Rivalry (AER, Brander and Eaton (1984). They say "we define a Stackelberg strategy as ...
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Survival Rates of Firms

Jovanovic (1982) cites Du Rietz (1975) as a source for Survival Rates of smaller firms are smaller than for larger firms It's his doctoral thesis, and using Swedish data. Is there any recent ...
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Inflation and economic growth

Noticeable works about the impact of inflation on economic growth are dated back to the 90s. For example, Barro (1995): the impact effects from an increase in average inflation by 10 percentage ...
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Reverse auction formula

I am studing a little bit of auction theory. I found the optimal bid value in the Milgrom paper for the first price auction that is $$ P=v \frac{n-1}{n} $$ where $P$ is the optimal bid, $v$ is the ...
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Evidence of firm borrowing and loans

I'm absolutely not from firm financing and look to read up on the subject, but mostly onto empirical stuff. Standard questions would be: What is the ratio of firms that finance themselves with bank ...
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How do I use the Malliavin calculus to solve for the optimal trading strategy in the classic Merton problem?

How do I use the Malliavin calculus to solve for the optimal trading strategy in the classic Merton problem? In Duffie's book "Dynamic Asset Pricing," he outlines the "Martingale method" of solving ...
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Firm Sizes over the business cycle

There has been a lot of evidence about the firm size distribution (as measured in employment) being Pareto (see for example Luttmer 2007), but what are the properties of this distribution over the ...
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Interchangeability between knowing an event obtains with probability 1 and knowing an event obtains with absolute certainty?

In the literature of interactive epistemology, for a player, knowing an event obtains with probability one and knowing an event obtains with absolute certainty are different. Is there a nontrivial (...
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Has any progress been made on the Pacman Conjecture on Finite Time Horizons?

The Pacman conjecture states that the optimal strategy for monopolistic durable goods manufacturers is to set price high and slowly drop it (i.e. eating their way down the demand curve). Empirically ...
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What are estimates of the elasticity of demand for credit with respect to interest rates?

When interest rates go up one percent (not one percentage point), what happens to demand for credit? I've only been able to find two papers in this area: Gross and Souleles (2001) study credit cards ...

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