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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis working papers are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussion and critial comment.

Mathematical and Quantitative Methods

The Stimulative Effect of Forward Guidance

This article quantifies the stimulative effect of central bank forward guidance—the public announcement of the intended path for monetary policy in the future—when the nominal interest rate is stuck at its zero lower bound (ZLB).

The Analytics of Technology News Shocks

This paper constructs several models in which, unlike the standard neoclassical growth model, positive news about future technology generates an increase in current consumption, hours and investment.

The Quantitative Importance of Openness in Development

This paper deals with a classic development question: how can the process of economic development – transition from stagnation in a traditional technology to industrialization and prosperity with a modern technology – be accelerated?

Which continuous-time model is most appropriate for exchange rates?

This paper attempts to realistically model the underlying exchange rate data generating process. We ask what types of diffusion or jump features are most appropriate.

Monetary Policy, the Tax Code, and the Real Effects of Energy Shocks

This paper develops a monetary model with taxes to account for the time-varying effects of energy shocks on output and hours worked in post-World War II U.S. data.

Too Big to Cheat: Efficiency and Investment in Partnerships

Many economic activities are organized as partnerships. These are ventures formed with capital contributions by partnership members that in exchange obtain a share of ownership.

Analysis of Numerical Errors

This paper provides a general framework for the quantitative analysis of stochastic dynamic models. We review convergence properties of some numerical algorithms and available methods to bound approximation errors.

Multi-Step Ahead Forecasting of Vector Time Series

This paper develops the theory of multi-step ahead forecasting for vector time series that exhibit temporal nonstationarity and co-integration.

Bankruptcy and Delinquency in a Model of Unsecured Debt

The two channels of default on unsecured consumer debt are (i) bankruptcy, which legally grants partial or complete removal of unsecured debt under certain circumstances, and (ii) delinquency, which is informal default via nonpayment.

Why Doesn’t Technology Flow from Rich to Poor Countries?

What determines the technology that a country adopts? While there could be many factors, the efficiency of the country’s financial system may play a significant role.

Consistent Testing for Structural Change at the Ends of the Sample

In this paper we provide analytical and Monte Carlo evidence that Chow and Predictive tests can be consistent against alternatives that allow structural change to occur at either end of the sample.

Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Optimal Monitoring

We present evidence that fraudulent collection of unemployment benefits by workers who are gainfully employed is the most relevant incentive problem for the design of unemployment insurance.


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