Dear Dynare users,

I have a (probably) simple question regarding the computation of welfare effects in Dynare. I’ve searched the board already but couldn’t find a clear answer to my question.

If I want to compare different policy rules (e.g. taxes) with respect to their welfare implications, how can I use Dynare to compute the welfare under different scenarios and how to interpret the results in terms of consumption?

From what I got so far, I include a recursive welfare representation of the form:

```
W = Util(c)+beta*W(+1)
```

into my Dynare program (find an example with distortionary income taxation attached). According to the board, this gives me the unconditional welfare of the representative household in a given scenario.

Now if I want to compare this to a second scenario, I rerun (or loop) the program with a changed tax rate where I again compute the approximated theoretical mean of the welfare measure.

Can I just use these two computations of W and compare the relative welfare in both scenarios? Or how should I implement this? How is the interpretation of this measure?

Furthermore, if I include endogenous labor supply into the model, this should be reflected in the utility function, how does this affect the interpretation of the resulting welfare?

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