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An Order-Theoretic Approach to Dynamic Programming: An Exposition

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  • Takashi Kamihigashi

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

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In this note, we discuss an order-theoretic approach to dynamic programming. In particular, we explain how order-theoretic fixed point theorems can be used to establish the existence of a fixed point of the Bellman operator, as well as why they are not sufficient to characterize the value function. By doing this, we present the logic behind the simple yet useful result recently obtained by Kamihigashi (2013) based on this order-theoretic approach.

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  • Takashi Kamihigashi, 2013. "An Order-Theoretic Approach to Dynamic Programming: An Exposition," Discussion Paper Series DP2013-29, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, revised Nov 2013.
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    1. Takashi Kamihigashi & Kevin Reffett & Masayuki Yao, 2014. "An Application of Kleene's Fixed Point Theorem to Dynamic Programming: A Note," Working Papers 2014-398, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
    2. Ronaldo Carpio & Takashi Kamihigashi, 2015. "Fast Bellman Iteration: An Application of Legendre-Fenchel Duality to Infinite-Horizon Dynamic Programming in Discrete Time," Discussion Paper Series DP2015-11, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
    3. Ronaldo Carpio & Takashi Kamihigashi, 2016. "Fast Bellman Iteration: An Application of Legendre-Fenchel Duality to Deterministic Dynamic Programming in Discrete Time," Discussion Paper Series DP2016-04, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
    4. Takashi Kamihigashi & Masayuki Yao, 2015. "Infnite-Horizon Deterministic Dynamic Programming in Discrete Time: A Monotone Convergence Principle," Discussion Paper Series DP2015-32, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
    5. Takashi Kamihigashi, 2014. "Elementary results on solutions to the bellman equation of dynamic programming: existence, uniqueness, and convergence," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 56(2), pages 251-273, June.
    6. Takashi Kamihigashi & Masayuki Yao, 2015. "Deterministic Dynamic Programming in Discrete Time: A Monotone Convergence Principle," Discussion Paper Series DP2015-15, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
    7. Takashi Kamihigashi & Masayuki Yao, 2016. "Infinite-Horizon Deterministic Dynamic Programming in Discrete Time: A Monotone Convergence Principle and a Penalty Method," Discussion Paper Series DP2016-05, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, revised May 2016.

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    Keywords

    Dynamic programming; Bellman equation; Value function; Fixed point;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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