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Wednesday, June 21 • 11:16am - 11:28am
Julia: a Major Scripting Language in Economic Research?

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Julia has the potential to become a major programming language in economics. In this presentation I will suggest a new way to calibrate models of economic growth. For that purpose I use a Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo algorithm (the Klara package) and I repeatedly solve for the roots of a big system of nonlinear equations using the JuMP and Ipopt packages. With this approach I am able to estimate the distributions of parameter values which drive long-run economic growth and project confidence intervals of macroeconomic variables into the future. For this purpose Julia is the best programming language that I know of, because it combines a great range of functionalities and at the same time it is very fast. To conclude, I will reflect on some challenges that came up during the project.


Anna Ciesielski

ifo Institute
I am a Ph.D. student in the economics department at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany).

Wednesday June 21, 2017 11:16am - 11:28am PDT
West Pauley Pauley Ballroom, Berkeley, CA