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Optimal consumption from investment and random endowment in incomplete semimartingale markets

  • Ioannis Karatzas
  • Gordan Zitkovic
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    We consider the problem of maximizing expected utility from consumption in a constrained incomplete semimartingale market with a random endowment process, and establish a general existence and uniqueness result using techniques from convex duality. The notion of asymptotic elasticity of Kramkov and Schachermayer is extended to the time-dependent case. By imposing no smoothness requirements on the utility function in the temporal argument, we can treat both pure consumption and combined consumption/terminal wealth problems, in a common framework. To make the duality approach possible, we provide a detailed characterization of the enlarged dual domain which is reminiscent of the enlargement of $L^1$ to its topological bidual $(L^{\infty})^*$, a space of finitely-additive measures. As an application, we treat the case of a constrained It\^ o-process market-model.

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    Date of creation: May 2007
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    Publication status: Published in Annals of Probability (2003) vol. 31 no. 4 pp. 1821-1858
    Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0706.0051
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