Optimal Stabilization Rules in a Stochastic Model of Investment with Gestation Lags
NBER Working Paper No. 1225 (Also Reprint No. r0518)
This paper considers the problem of calculating optimal policy rules to stabilize fluctuations in investment in an economy where firms' investment behavior can be described by a dynamic optimization model. In the optimization model, the dynamics of investment are generated by heterogeneous gestation lags between the start and completion of capital projects, rather than by adjustment costs in the installation of capital. A procedure is derived for calculating policy rules for an arbitrary autoregressive process generating fluctuations in firms sales. Through stochastic simulation we investigate the effects of using certain suboptimal policy rules in cases where there are constraints against using the optimal rules.
Published: Taylor, John B. "Optimal Stabilization Rules in a Stochastic Model of Investments with Gestation Lags." Studies in Econometrics, Time Series, & Multivariate Statistics, ed. by Samuel Karlin, Takeshi Amemiya, Leo Goodman, (Academic Press, 1983), pp. 207-226.