Dear all,

I have a possibly very silly question.

I am having trouble with the interaction between dynare and other matlab programs.

I have written a standard dynare program to solve a DSGE model and it works fine.

However, I wanted to start playing around with the calibration and to do this I use a matlab program that solves for part of the steady state of the model. The problem is that when I try to set some of the calibrated parameters equal to the result of that program dynare gives me the following error message:

??? Error using ==> dynare

syntax error at line 717

which is the line in which I call the matlab file that defines the vector of coefficients. I think dynare is trying to tell me that it cannot communicate with that matlab program.

What is the problem with this? Is it not possible to define the calibration of the parameters for the dynare program by calling the results from another matlab program?

Thanks,

Pablo

Hello Pablo,

it looks like Dynare thinks that line 717 is Dynare syntax, but wrong Dynare syntax. Most likely it starts like a Dynare command. What is this line?

Best

Michel

Michel,

What I do is something like this. In a dynare program, when I get to defining the parameters:

"

// 1.3 Parameters of the model

parameters

beta // discount rate

gamma // habits

;

//----------------------------------------------------------------

// 2. Calibration of parameters

//----------------------------------------------------------------

parm_calibration= zeros(2,1);

calibrationsymmetric;

parm_calibration=parm_calibrationsymm;

beta = parm_calibration(1);

gamma = parm_calibration(2);

"

where the file calibrationsymmetric.m goes as follows:

“

parm_calibrationsymm= zeros(2,1);

parm_calibrationsymm(1)=(1.03)^(-0.25);//beta

parm_calibrationsymm(2)=0.7500;//gamma

”

That is, all I am doing is define a vector that I fill in another file and then call it from the dynare program to set the calibration.

Is this right?

Pablo

Hi Pablo,

I believe that the problem is with the file name

calibrationsymmetric

because it starts as an undocumented Dynare command 'calib’

try instead

eval(‘calibrationsymmetric’);

If it doesn’t work send me the *.mod file and calibrationsymmetric.m

Best

Michel

Michel,

Find attached the file “prueba.mod” with the model. The problem is in line 575. The other file is the matlab file where I define the parameters.

Thanks,

Pablo

I fixed two things

- the right Matlab function is eval() not evalin()
- calibrationsymmetric.m is a Matlab file, not a Dynare one. So, you must use Matlab comment sign % and not Dynare //

I’m attaching the corrected files

Best

Michel