Weird/Divergent Value Function in Dynare

Hello, I’m trying to calculate the value function in Dynare. But I get a divergent value function: value function for fixed consumption path (with <1 discount factor) is divergent. I’m trying to pin down the source of the problem. I find that I can replicate the problem in a simple PIH model. After a permanent shock to income, the consumption would just to a new level and stay there. Therefore the value function is expected and discounted sum of (CRRA) utility from the consumption, which should give a fixed number. But Dynare gives me a divergent IRF for the value function.

I don’t know if it’s because that I can’t use the bellman equation to calculate value function in Dynare or it’s something else like Jensen’s inequality as Dynare gives averaged IRF. Any comment is very much appreciated. Thanks.

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You are currently using a second-order approximation, which relies on GIRFs that are simulation based. Set


and the problem will disappear.

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That solved my problem. Thanks, jpfeifer.