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A new approach to solve non-regular constrained optimization problems. An application to optimal provision of public inputs

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  • A. Jesus Sanchez Fuentes

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    (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • Diego Martinez Lopez

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    (Centro de Estudios Andaluces and Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

Abstract

This paper describes a new method for solving non-regular constrained optimization problems when standard methodologies do not work properly. Our method (the Rational Iterative Multisection Procedure, RIMP) consists of different stages that can be interpreted as different requirements of precision by obtaining the optimal solution. We have performed an application of RIMP to the case of public inputs provision under two tax settings. We prove that the RIMP and the standard Newton-Raphson (NR) method achieve the same results with regular optimization problems while the RIMP takes advantage over NR when facing non-regular optimization problems.

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Paper provided by Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 06.35.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:pab:wpaper:06.35

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Keywords: numerical analysis; constrained optimization; multisection; optimal taxation; public input.;

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  1. Diego Martinez Lopez & A. Jesus Sanchez Fuentes, 2006. "On the optimal level of public inputs," Working Papers 06.34, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2008.

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