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Optimal investment models with vintage capital: Dynamic Programming approach

  • Silvia Faggian

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    (Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Venice)

  • Fausto Gozzi

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    (LUISS Guido Carli)

The Dynamic Programming approach for a family of optimal investment models with vintage capital is here developed. The problem falls into the class of infinite horizon optimal control problems of PDE's with age structure that have been studied in various papers (see e.g. [11, 12], [30, 32]) either in cases when explicit solutions can be found or using Maximum Principle techniques. The problem is rephrased into an infinite dimensional setting, it is proven that the value function is the unique regular solution of the associated stationary Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation, and existence and uniqueness of optimal feedback controls is derived. It is then shown that the optimal path is the solution to the closed loop equation. Similar results were proven in the case of finite horizon in [26][27]. The case of infinite horizon is more challenging as a mathematical problem, and indeed more interesting from the point of view of optimal investment models with vintage capital, where what mainly matters is the behavior of optimal trajectories and controls in the long run. The study of infinite horizon is performed through a nontrivial limiting procedure from the corresponding finite horizon problems

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Mathematics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia in its series Working Papers with number 174.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2008
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