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Efficient Consumption Set Under Recursive Utility and Unknown Beliefs

  • Ali Lazrak
  • Fernando Zapatero
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    In a context of complete financial markets where asset prices follow Ito's processes, we characterize the set of consumption processes which are optimal for a given stochastic differential utility (e.g. Duffie and Epstein (1992)) when beliefs are unknown. Necessary and sufficient conditions for the efficiency of a consumption process, consists of the existence of a solution to a quadratic backward stochastic differential equation and a martingale condition. We study the efficiency condition in the case of a class of homothetic stochastic differential utilities and derive some results for those particular cases. In a Markovian context, this efficiency condition becomes a partial differential equation.

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    Paper provided by Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney in its series Research Paper Series with number 85.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Jun 2002
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    Publication status: Published as: Lazrak, A. and Zapatero, F., 2004, "Efficient Consumption Set Under Recursive Utility and Unknown Beliefs", Journal of Mathematical Economics, 40(1-2), 207-226.
    Handle: RePEc:uts:rpaper:85
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