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Estimating a Nonlinear Rational Expectations Commodity Price Model with Unobservable State Variables

Angus Deaton () and Guy Laroque

Journal of Applied Econometrics, 1995, vol. 10, issue S, S9-40

Abstract: This paper is concerned with the estimation of a model in which a possibly serially correlated stochastic process, the "harvest" of an agricultural commodity, generates a competitive price in a market comprising both final consumers and risk-neutral speculators who can store the commodity at a cost in the anticipation of profit. Because storage cannot be negative, the relationship between prices and harvests is inherently nonlinear and is an unpromising candidate for a linear-quadratic model, or for linearization more generally. Instead, we calculate numerically a policy function in which price is a function of two unobservable state variables, the harvest and current availability, and we use the result to fit the price data. Copyright 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Date: 1995
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