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Structural analysis of optimal investment for firms with non-concave revenues

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  • Florian Wagener

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Qualitative properties of optimal investment strategies for a firm with quadratic costs and non-concave revenues are analysed. Organising information in a bifurcation diagram, it is found that the organising centre of the diagram is a so-called swallow-tail singularity. This implies the existence of threshold (or Skiba) points for positive discount factors. The parameter region for which threshold points exist is determined numerically, and for small discount factors some of its properties are derived by an approximation method.

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 with number 187.

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Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf4:187

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Keywords: Optimal Control; Bifurcation Theory;

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  1. Caulkins, J.P. & Hartl, R.F. & Kort, P.M. & Feichtinger, G., 2007. "Explaining fashion cycles: Imitators chasing innovators in product space," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-194289, Tilburg University.
  2. Ken-Ichi Akao & Takashi Kamihigashi & Kazuo Nishimura, 2011. "Monotonicity and Continuity of the Critical Capital Stock in the Dechert-Nishimura Model," Discussion Paper Series DP2011-20, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, revised Sep 2011.

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