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Necessity of Transversality Conditions for Stochastic Problems

  • Takashi Kamihigashi

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

This paper shows stochastic versions of (i) Michel's (1990, Econometrica 58, 705--723, Theorem 1) necessity result , (ii) a generalization of the TVC results of Weitzman (1973, Manage. Sci. 19, 783--789) and Ekeland and Scheinkman (1986, Math. Oper. Res. 11, 216--229), and (iii) Kamihigashi's (2001, Econometrica 69, 995--1012, Theorem 3.4) result, which is useful particularly in the case of homogeneous returns. These stochastic extensions are established for an extremely general stochastic reduced-form model that assumes neither differentiability nor continuity.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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