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Numerical Optimal Control in Continuous Time Made Easy


  • Eric Nvdal



The paper explains how continuous time optimal control models can be solved with Microsoft Excel. Two models are solved, each illustrating a different aspect of the Optimal Control Theory. The first is a model of real investment. The second is a model of fisheries management. The investment model is used to illustrate how one can simultaneously maximise the Hamiltonian and solve the differential equations for the state and the co-state variables, a computational aspect overlooked in the literature. The paper is aimed at researchers looking for a way of doing numerical optimal control in continuous time without being proficient in programming or advanced mathematical software.

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  • Eric Nvdal, 2002. "Numerical Optimal Control in Continuous Time Made Easy," Computers in Higher Education Economics Review, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 15(1), pages 8-15.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:chepap:v:15:y:2002:i:1:p:8-15

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