Steady State of a Linear Model

Hi All,

I see repeatedly that it’s optimal to calculate the analytical steady state by hand and then solve it numerically using a non-linear solver, but I also see here and there that linear models (measured in log deviations from the steady state) should be functional taking the initial steady state as being a vector of zeroes.

What could cause a linear model to not run when given a vector of zeroes as initial steady state? Example (using the system of equations from Beidas-Strom and Poghosyan, 2011) code attached.

StochSimulTest2.mod (4.01 KB)

Mistakes in the equations.

has a division by X. Dynare also complains about

((1+v_L*phhi_L+sigmma_L*eps_L*(phhi_L+v_L))/(1+sigmma_L*eps_L)*xi_L)*ppi+phhi_L*xi_L*ppi(-1) +v_L*ppi(-1)+zetta;

Thanks for pointing those out!

Just to clarify though, using a vector of zeroes for the steady state should generally work given a log-linearized model without errors?

Yes. Linearity is not equal to 0 steady states (there may be a constant term as in the Gali mod-files on my hompage). But given linearity, 0 starting values should always succeed in finding the steady state.