Online Summer School on Macroeconomics and The Science and Art of DSGE Modelling (Advanced)
Attendance dates:September 2022: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Time commitment: 5 days
- Centre for International Macroeconomic Studies
Given the spread of the Coronavirus and the difficulty in air travel we have decided to deliver the Summer school in an online format. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of our participants, our colleagues, and all those involved with the Summer School. The Summer Schools in 2020 and 2021 were also held online; they were very successful and enabled many participants to attend from all over the world without the need to travel.
The course will be conducted using Zoom platform. The university and the lecturers have extensive experience with online teaching and have state-of-the-art systems to do so as well as being able to deliver highly interactive lectures. Though we will do our best to record all the sessions, we expect participants to attend them live to enable them to interact with lecturers and ask questions.
This course provides instructions on the construction and estimation of DSGE models for a closed economy and their use for policy analysis. It is Dynare-based and is aimed at PhD students, postgraduate students aiming to proceed to a PhD, early researchers and research staff from central banks, ministries and the private sector.
Participants should have some prior experience with macroeconomic models and dynamic optimisation, and a basic knowledge of Matlab. No prior knowledge of Dynare is necessary.
The course will cover the theoretical aspects of the techniques and is very hands-on as you will have carefully implemented exercises where you need to modify parts of the codes. This will be done in the lectures, both in groups and with the help of the instructors. You will receive solutions to all exercises and will be provided with computer codes that you may then use in your own research.
The lectures will take place via Zoom, and participants will need to have installed Matlab in their computers for some of the practical sessions (a 30-day free trial is available in the Matlab main site), as well as Dynare.
The advanced course is aimed at people who are already fluent in Dynare and Matlab, but are finding that their ambition currently exceeds what they are able to do with these tools. We aim to distribute some of the numerical and computational tricks we have picked up over the course of our careers to enable people to tackle non-standard models. This course will be useful to anyone who is engaged in practical macroeconomic modelling work, especially if they are interested in working with models that are either computationally expensive to simulate, highly nonlinear, require additional recursive assumptions, or have infinite dimensional state-spaces due to agent heterogeneity.
- The basic theory of dynamic programming
- Numerical integration
- Function approximation
- Value function iteration
- Policy function iteration
- Projection methods.
- Introduction to models with heterogeneous agents
- An analytical Aiyagari model with labor supply
- Measuring risk sharing
- Self insurance in terms of savings and labor supply
- Dynamics of inequality
- Welfare cost of inequality.
- Computational Issues in Models with Heterogeneous Agents
- A Computational Heterogenous-Agent Model without Aggregate Uncertainty: the Model of Aiyagari
- A Computational Heterogenous-Agent Models with Aggregate Uncertainty: the Krussell-Smith Algorithm
- Alternative Algorithms
- Policy communication and central bank design
- Price level targeting and alternative objectives
- Credibility and imperfect commitment
- Time-inconsistency and recursive contracts
- Zero lower bound, exit strategies, and normalisation policy
- Applications to medium and large scale models.
Participants will be able to choose one option of the following standalone courses:
Learning and teaching methods
You will be sent computer codes, lecture notes, and slides ahead of the course and will also receive direct assistance before the Summer School starts in order to set up all the systems ahead of the online events.
There will be opportunities to discuss your projects and research ideas during virtual coffee breaks. After the Summer School, lecturers will be available to answer questions and discuss your projects.
Applicants must have a:
- Background in macroeconomics with some knowledge of macro-modelling and dynamic optimisation.
- Basic knowledge of Matlab programming (see an overview of the Matlab features our participants are expected to know).
- Working knowledge of English.
- Basic knowledge of the RBC and NK Model.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
What these fees include
Participants requiring additional financial assistance can indicate so in their application. Limited funding opportunities are available.
The following concessions are available:
- 10% discount for participants who register by July 15
- 10% discount for participants who have attended a previous course with the Centre for International Macroeconomic Studies
- 20% discount for participants from institutions in developing countries.
Multiple discounts are not applicable.
How to apply
Deadline for applications is 29 August 2022, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as the places will be allocated using a rolling selection process.
If your application is successful, you will receive an email offering you a place and you will have two weeks to pay the full fees balance to secure this.
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