We consider an optimal control problem arising in the context ofm economic theory of growth, on the lines of the works by Skiba and Askenazy–Le Van. The framework of the model is intertemporal infinite horizon utility maximization. The dynamics involves a state variable representing total endowment of the social planner or average capital of the representative dynasty. From the mathematical viewpoint, the main features of the model are the following: (i) the dynamics is an increasing, unbounded and not globally concave function of the state; (ii) the state variable is subject to a static constraint; (iii) the admissible controls are merely locally integrable in the right half-line. Such assumptions seem to be weaker than those appearing in most of the existing literature. We give a direct proof of the existence of an optimal control for any initial capital k0 ≥ 0 and we carry on a qualitative study of the value function; moreover, using dynamic programming methods, we show that the value function is a continuous viscosity solution of the associated Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation.

Optimal control with state constraint and non-concave dynamics: a model arising in economic growth

ACQUISTAPACE, PAOLO;BARTALONI, FRANCESCO
2016

Abstract

We consider an optimal control problem arising in the context ofm economic theory of growth, on the lines of the works by Skiba and Askenazy–Le Van. The framework of the model is intertemporal infinite horizon utility maximization. The dynamics involves a state variable representing total endowment of the social planner or average capital of the representative dynasty. From the mathematical viewpoint, the main features of the model are the following: (i) the dynamics is an increasing, unbounded and not globally concave function of the state; (ii) the state variable is subject to a static constraint; (iii) the admissible controls are merely locally integrable in the right half-line. Such assumptions seem to be weaker than those appearing in most of the existing literature. We give a direct proof of the existence of an optimal control for any initial capital k0 ≥ 0 and we carry on a qualitative study of the value function; moreover, using dynamic programming methods, we show that the value function is a continuous viscosity solution of the associated Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation.
Acquistapace, Paolo; Bartaloni, Francesco
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