Discussion paper

DP19067 An Endogenous Gridpoint Method for Distributional Dynamics

The "histogram method'' (Young, 2010), while the standard approach for analyzing distributional dynamics in heterogeneous agent models, is linear in optimal policies. We introduce a novel method that captures nonlinearities of distributional dynamics. This method solves the distributional dynamics by interpolation instead of integration, which is made possible by making the grid endogenous. It retains the tractability and speed of the histogram method, while increasing numerical efficiency even in the steady state and producing significant economic differences in scenarios with aggregate risk. We document this by studying aggregate investment risk with a third-order solution using perturbation techniques.


Bayer, C, R Luetticke, M Weiss and Y Winkelmann (2024), ‘DP19067 An Endogenous Gridpoint Method for Distributional Dynamics‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 19067. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp19067