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Rationalizing Policy Functions by Dynamic Optimization


  • Tapan Mitra
  • Gerhard Sorger


The authors derive necessary and sufficient conditions for a pair of functions to be the optimal policy function and the optimal value function of a dynamic maximization problem with convex constraints and concave objective functional. It is shown that every Lipschitz continuous function can be the solution of such a problem. If the maintained assumptions include free disposal and monotonicity, then the authors obtain a complete characterization of all optimal policy and optimal value functions. This is the case, e.g., in the standard aggregative optimal growth model.

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  • Tapan Mitra & Gerhard Sorger, 1999. "Rationalizing Policy Functions by Dynamic Optimization," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 67(2), pages 375-392, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:67:y:1999:i:2:p:375-392

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