# Optimization in Continuous Time Jesús Fernández-Villaverde November 9, 2013 University of Pennsylvania

```Optimization in Continuous Time
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde
University of Pennsylvania
November 9, 2013
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde (PENN)
Optimization in Continuous Time
November 9, 2013
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Motivation
Three Approaches
We are interested in optimization in continuous time, both in
deterministic and stochastic environments.
Elegant and powerful math (di¤erential equations, stochastic
processes...).
Three approaches:
1
Calculus of Variations.
2
Optimal Control.
3
Dynamic Programming.
We will focus on the last two:
1
Optimal control can do everything economists need from calculus of
variations.
2
Dynamic programming is better for the stochastic case.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Maximization Problem I
Basic setup:
V (0, x (0)) = max
Z ∞
x (t ),y (t ) 0
f (t, x (t ) , y (t )) dt
s.t. ẋ = g (t, x (t ) , y (t ))
x (0) = x0 , lim b (t ) x (t )
t !∞
x1
x (t ) 2 X , y (t ) 2 Y
x (t ) is a state variable.
y (t ) is a control variable.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Maximization Problem II
Admissible pair: (x (t ) , y (t )) s.t. the previous conditions are
satis…ed.
Optimal pair: (b
x (t ) , yb (t )) that reach V (0, x (0)) < ∞.
Then:
V (0, x (0)) =
Z ∞
0
f (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t )) dt
Two di¢ culties:
1
We need to …nd a whole function y (t ) of optimal choices.
2
The constraint is in the form of a di¤erential equation.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Optimal Control
Pontryagin and co-authors.
Principle of Optimality
If (b
x (t ) , yb (t )) is an optimal pair, then:
V (t0 , x (t0 )) =
for all t1
t0 .
Z t1
t0
f (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t )) dt + V (t1 , b
x (t1 ))
We will assume that there is an optimal path.
Proving existence is, however, not a trivial task.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Hamiltonian
De…ne:
H (t, x (t ) , y (t ) , λ (t )) = f (t, x (t ) , y (t )) + λ (t ) g (t, x (t ) , y (t ))
where λ (t ) is the co-state multiplier.
Necessary conditions:
Hy (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t ) , λ (t )) = 0
Hx (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t ) , λ (t ))
ẋ = Hλ (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t ) , λ (t ))
λ̇ (t ) =
plus x (0) = x0 and limt !∞ b (t ) x (t )
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x1 .
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Exponential Discounting Case I
More speci…c form:
V (x (0)) = max
Z ∞
x (t ),y (t ) 0
e
ρt
f (x (t ) , y (t )) dt
s.t. ẋ = g (x (t ) , y (t ))
x (0) = x0 , lim b (t ) x (t )
t !∞
x1
x (t ) 2 IntX , y (t ) 2 IntY
g (x (t ) , y (t )) being autonomous is not needed but it helps to
simplify notation.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Exponential Discounting Case II
Hamiltonian:
H (t, x (t ) , y (t ) , λ (t )) = e
= e
ρt
f (x (t ) , y (t )) + λ (t ) g (x (t ) , y (t ))
ρt
[f (x (t ) , y (t )) + µ (t ) g (x (t ) , y (t ))]
where
µ (t ) = e ρt λ (t )
Current-Value Hamiltonian:
b (x (t ) , y (t ) , µ (t )) = f (x (t ) , y (t )) + µ (t ) g (x (t ) , y (t ))
H
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Maximum Principle for Discounted In…nite-Horizon
Problems
Theorem
Under some technical conditions, the optimal pair (b
x (t ) , yb (t )) satis…es
the necessary conditions:
1
2
3
4
b y (x (t ) , y (t ) , µ (t )) = 0 for 8t 2 R+ .
H
b x (x (t ) , y (t ) , µ (t )) = ρµ (t ) µ̇ (t ) for 8t 2 R+ .
H
b µ (x (t ) , y (t ) , µ (t )) = ẋ (t ) for 8t 2 R+ ,x (0) = x0 and
H
limt !∞ x (t ) x1 .
b (x (t ) , y (t ) , µ (t )) = limt !∞ e ρt µ (t ) x̂ (t ) = 0.
limt !∞ e ρt H
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Su¢ ciency Conditions
Previous theorem only delivers necessary conditions.
However, we also need su¢ cient conditions.
Theorem
Mangasarian Su¢ cient Conditions for Discounted In…nite-Horizon
Problems. The necessary conditions will be su¢ cient if f and g are
continuously di¤erentiable and weakly monotone and
H (t, x (t ) , y (t ) , λ (t )) is jointly concave in x (t ) and y (t ) for 8t 2 R+ .
We will skip su¢ ciency arguments. They will be relevant later in
models of endogenous growth.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Example I
Consumption-savings problem:
V (a) = max
a,c
Z ∞
e
ρt
u (c ) dt
0
ȧ = ra + w
c
Hamiltonian:
b (a, c, µ) = u (c ) + µ (ra + w
H
c)
Necessary conditions:
b c (a, c, µ) = 0 ) u 0 (c )
H
b a (a, c, µ) = ρµ
H
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µ = 0 ) u 0 (c ) = µ
µ̇
µ̇ ) r µ = ρµ µ̇ ) = (r
µ
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ρ)
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Deterministic Case
Optimal Control
Example II
Then:
u 00 (c ) ċ = µ̇ )
µ̇
u 00 (c )
ċ = =
0
u (c )
µ
(r
ρ)
Assume, for instance:
u (c ) = log c
and we get:
ċ
=r ρ
c
Comparison with bang-bang solutions (linear returns and bounded
controls).
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Dynamic Programming
Dynamic programming is a more ‡exible approach (for example, later,
to introduce uncertainty).
Instead of searching for an optimal path, we will search for decision
rules.
Cost: we will need to solve for PDEs instead of ODEs.
But at the end, we will get the same solution.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) Equation
When V (t, x (t )) is di¤erentiable, (b
x (t ) , yb (t )) satis…es:
f (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t )) + V̇ (t, b
x (t )) + Vx (t, b
x (t )) g (t, b
x (t ) , yb (t )) = 0
Similar the Euler equation from a value function in discrete time.
Other way to write the formula, closer to the Bellman equation:
V̇ (t, b
x (t )) = max f (t, x (t ) , y (t )) + g (t, x (t ) , y (t )) Vx (t, x (t ))
x (t ),y (t )
Tight connection between Vx (t, x (t )) and µ (t ) .
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Solution of the HJB Equation I
The HJB equation allows for easy derivations.
For exponential discount problems:
Note that:
V (t, b
x (t )) =
V (t, b
x (t )) = e
ρt
Z ∞
e
t
Z ∞
t
e
ρs
f (b
x (s ) , yb (s )) ds
ρ (s t )
f (b
x (s ) , yb (s )) ds
and the integral on the right hand side does not depend on t.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Solution of the HJB Equation II
Then:
V̇ (t, b
x (t )) =
=
=
Simply…ng notation:
ρt
ρe
ρ
Z ∞
t
Z ∞
e
ρ (s t )
t
e
ρs
f (b
x (s ) , yb (s )) ds
f (b
x (s ) , yb (s )) ds
ρV (t, b
x (t ))
ρV (x ) = maxf (x, y ) + g (x, y ) V 0 (x )
x ,y
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Solution of the HJB Equation III
Characterized by a necessary condition:
fy (x, y ) + gy (x, y ) V 0 (x ) = 0
and an envelope condition:
(ρ
gx (x, y )) V 0 (x )
Then:
V 0 (x ) =
fx (x, y ) = g (x, y ) V 00 (x )
fy (x, y )
= h (x, y )
gy (x, y )
and
V 00 (x ) = hx (x, y ) + hy (x, y )
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Optimization in Continuous Time
dy
dx
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Solution of the HJB Equation IV
We can plug these two equations in the envelope condition, to get:
(ρ
=
an ODE on
gx (x, y )) h (x, y ) fx (x, y )
dy
hx (x, y ) + hy (x, y )
g (x, y )
dx
dy
dx .
Analytical solutions?
Standard numerical solution methods.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Solution of the HJB Equation V
With our previous example:
ρV (a) = maxu (c ) + (ra + w
a,c
c ) V 0 (a )
Then:
h (a, c ) = u 0 (c )
and:
(r
ρ) u 0 (c ) = u 00 (c )
dc
ȧ = u 00 (c ) ċ
da
Therefore, as before:
u 00 (c )
ċ =
u 0 (c )
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(r
Optimization in Continuous Time
ρ)
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Deterministic Case
Dynamic Programming
Comparison with Discrete Time
HJB versus Bellman equation:
c ) V 0 (a )
ρV (a) = maxu (c ) + (ra + w
a,c
V (a) = maxu (c ) + βV ((1 + r ) a + w
a,c
c)
Optimality conditions:
u 00 (c )
ċ
u 0 (c )
u 0 (c 0 )
u 0 (c )
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=
(r
ρ)
= β (1 + r )
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Stochastic Case
Stochastic Case
We move now into the stochastic case.
Handling it with calculus of variations or optimal control is hard.
At the same time, there are many problems in macro with uncertainty
which are easy to formulate in continuous time.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Stochastic Case
Stochastic Problem
Consider the problem:
V (x (0)) = max E
x (t ),y (t )
Z ∞
e
ρt
f (x (t ) , y (t )) dt
0
s.t. dx (t ) = g (x (t ) , y (t )) dt + σ (x (t )) dW (t )
give some initial conditions.
The evolution of the state is a controlled di¤usion.
If f is continuous and bounded, the integral is well de…ned.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Stochastic Case
Value Function and a Bellman-Type Property
Given a small interval of time ∆t, we get:
maxf (x (0) , y (0)) ∆t +
V (x (0))
x ,y
1
E [V (x (0 + ∆t ))]
1 + ρ∆t
Multiply by (1 + ρ∆t ) and substrate V (x (0)):
ρV (x (0)) ∆t
maxf (x (0) , y (0)) ∆t (1 + ρ∆t ) + E [∆V ]
x ,y
Divide by ∆t
ρV (x (0))
maxf (x (0) , y (0)) (1 + ρ∆t ) +
x ,y
1
E [∆V ]
∆t
Letting ∆t ! 0 and taking the limit:
ρV (x (0)) = maxf (x (0) , y (0)) +
x ,y
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1
E [dV ]
dt
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Stochastic Case
Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) Equation I
Given a small interval of time ∆t, we get:
ρV (x ) = maxf (x, y ) +
x ,y
1
E [dV ]
dt
Applying previous results:
1
1
E [dV ] = gV 0 + σ2 V 00
dt
2
we have
1
ρV (x ) = maxf (x, y ) + g (x, y ) V 0 (x ) + σ2 (x ) V 00 (x ) 8x
x ,y
2
Important observation: thanks to Itō’s lemma, the HJB is not
stochastic.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Stochastic Case
Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) Equation II
Comparison with deterministic case:
ρV (x ) = maxf (x, y ) + g (x, y ) V 0 (x )
x ,y
1
ρV (x ) = maxf (x, y ) + g (x, y ) V 0 (x ) + σ2 (x ) V 00 (x )
x ,y
2
Extra term 21 σ2 (x ) V 00 (x ) corrects for curvature.
Concentrated HJB:
1
ρV (x ) = f (x, y (x )) + g (x, y (x )) V 0 (x ) + σ2 (x ) V 00 (x )
2
is the Feynman–Kac formula that links parabolic partial di¤erential
equations (PDEs) and stochastic processes.
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde (PENN)
Optimization in Continuous Time
November 9, 2013
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Stochastic Case
Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) Equation III
Characterized by a necessary condition:
fy (x, y ) + gy (x, y ) V 0 (x ) = 0
and an envelope condition:
gx (x, y )) V 0 (x ) fx (x, y ) =
1
g (x, y ) V 00 (x ) + σ2 (x ) V 000 (x ) + σ (x ) σ0 (x ) V 00 (x )
2
(ρ
Solutions:
1
Theoretical: classical, viscosity, backward SDE, martingale duality.
2
Numerical.
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Optimization in Continuous Time
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Stochastic Case
Real Business Cycle I
Standard business cycle framework without labor choice:
E0
max
fc (t ),k (t )gt∞=0
Z ∞
ρt
u (c (t )) dt
0
s.t. k̇ = e z k α
dz =
e
δk
c
λzdt + σzdW
HJB:
ρV (k, z ) =
u (c ) + (e z k α
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δk
c ) V1 (k, z )
λzV2 (k, z ) +
Optimization in Continuous Time
1
(σz )2 V22 (k, z )
2
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Stochastic Case
Real Business Cycle II
Necessary condition
u 0 (c (t ))
V1 (k, z ) = 0
and envelope condition:
ρ
αe z k α
1
δ
V1 (k, z )
z α
= (e k
δk c ) V11 (k, z ) λzV21 (k, z )
1
+ (σz )2 V221 (k, z ) + σ2 zV22 (k, z )
2
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