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Optimal Regime Switching and Threshold Effects: Theory and Application to a Resource Extraction Problem under Irreversibility

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  • Raouf Boucekkine

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    (AMSE - Aix-Marseille School of Economics - Aix-Marseille Univ. - Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - Ecole Centrale Marseille (ECM), IRES-CORE - Université Catholique de Louvain)

  • Aude Pommeret

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    (IREGE - Institut de Recherche en Gestion et en Economie - Université de Savoie, University of Lausanne - University of Lausanne)

  • Fabien Prieur

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    (LAMETA - Laboratoire Montpelliérain d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - Université Montpellier I - CNRS : UMR5474 - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) : UR1135 - Centre international de hautes études agronomiques méditerranéennes [CIHEAM])

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We consider a general control problem with two types of optimal regime switch. The first one concerns technological and/or institutional regimes indexed by a finite number of discrete parameter values, and the second features ecological-like regimes relying on given threshold values for given state variables. We propose a general optimal control framework allowing to derive the first-order optimality conditions and in particular to characterize the geometry of the shadow prices at optimal switching times (if any). We apply this new optimal control material to address the problem of the optimal management of natural resources under ecological irreversibility, and with the possibility to switch to a backstop technology.

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Keywords: Multi-stage optimal control; threshold effects; irreversibility; non-renewable resources; backstop technology;

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  1. Nævdal, Eric & Vislie, Jon, 2013. "Resource Depletion and Capital Accumulation under Catastrophic Risk: Policy Actions against Stochastic Thresholds and Stock Pollution," Memorandum 24/2013, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  2. Ngo Van Long & Fabien Prieur & Klarizze Puzon & Mabel Tidball, 2014. "Markov Perfect Equilibria in Differential Games with Regime Switching Strategies," CESifo Working Paper Series 4662, CESifo Group Munich.

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