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Quantitative Economics
An open-access journal in quantitative economics
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Quantitative Economics, Volume 10, Issue 1 (January 2019)

Uncertainty quantification and global sensitivity analysis for economic models

Daniel Harenberg, Stefano Marelli, Bruno Sudret, Viktor Winschel


We present a global sensitivity analysis that quantifies the impact of parameter uncertainty on model outcomes. Specifically, we propose variance‐decomposition‐based Sobol' indices to establish an importance ranking of parameters and univariate effects to determine the direction of their impact. We employ the state‐of‐the‐art approach of constructing a polynomial chaos expansion of the model, from which Sobol' indices and univariate effects are then obtained analytically, using only a limited number of model evaluations. We apply this analysis to several quantities of interest of a standard real‐business‐cycle model and compare it to traditional local sensitivity analysis approaches. The results show that local sensitivity analysis can be very misleading, whereas the proposed method accurately and efficiently ranks all parameters according to importance, identifying interactions and nonlinearities.
Computational techniques uncertainty quantification sensitivity analysis polynomial chaos expansion C60 C63

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