Header menu link for other important links
Generalized Envelope Theorems: Applications to Dynamic Programming
Morand O., Reffett K.,
Published in Springer New York LLC
Volume: 176
Issue: 3
Pages: 650 - 687
We show in this paper that the class of Lipschitz functions provides a suitable framework for the generalization of classical envelope theorems for a broad class of constrained programs relevant to economic models, in which nonconvexities play a key role, and where the primitives may not be continuously differentiable. We give sufficient conditions for the value function of a Lipschitz program to inherit the Lipschitz property and obtain bounds for its upper and lower directional Dini derivatives. With strengthened assumptions we derive sufficient conditions for the directional differentiability, Clarke regularity, and differentiability of the value function, thus obtaining a collection of generalized envelope theorems encompassing many existing results in the literature. Some of our findings are then applied to decision models with discrete choices, to dynamic programming with and without concavity, to the problem of existence and characterization of Markov equilibrium in dynamic economies with nonconvexities, and to show the existence of monotone controls in constrained lattice programming problems. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
About the journal
Published in Springer New York LLC
Open Access
Impact factor