# Jesse Perla (UBC) 15.12.2021

We propose a new method for solving high-dimensional dynamic programming problems and recursive competitive equilibria with a large (but finite) number of heterogeneous agents using deep learning. We avoid the curse of dimensionality thanks to three complementary techniques: (1) exploiting symmetry in the approximate law of motion and the value function; (2) constructing a concentration of measure to calculate high-dimensional expectations using a single Monte Carlo draw from the distribution of idiosyncratic shocks; and (3) designing and training deep learning architectures that exploit symmetry and concentration of measure. As an application, we find a global solution of a multi-firm version of the classic Lucas and Prescott (1971) model of investment under uncertainty. First, we compare the solution against a linear-quadratic Gaussian version for validation and benchmarking. Next, we solve the nonlinear version where no accurate or closed-form solution exists.

Time

Wednesday, 15.12.2021 - 15:00
- 16:30

Topic

"Exploiting Symmetry in High-Dimensional Dynamic Programming"

Location

via Zoom

Room

Meeting ID: 975 1613 8512

Reservation

not required

Organizer

Institute for Macroeconomics and Econometrics

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