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Stochastic Optimal Control Modeling of Debt Crises


Jerome L. Stein


Brown University - Division of Applied Mathematics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

September 2003

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1043

Abstract:     
What is an optimal or a sustainable external debt - for a country, region or sector? How should one monitor and evaluate debt to preclude a crisis? We use stochastic optimal control/dynamic programming to derive an optimal debt. The deviation of the actual from the optimal will serve as a Warning Signal of a crisis. There is a correspondence between
Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation of Dynamic Programming and the static Mean-Variance (M-V) analysis in finance. A graphic analysis of M-V is helpful to explain the implications of DP. An explicit example is the US Agricultural debt crisis.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: stochastic optimal control, debt, international finance, US agricultural crisis, Mean-Variance analysis, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellaman equation

JEL Classification: C61, D81, D9, F34

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Date posted: November 10, 2003  

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Stein, Jerome L., Stochastic Optimal Control Modeling of Debt Crises (September 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1043. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=456161

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Jerome L. Stein (Contact Author)
Brown University - Division of Applied Mathematics ( email )
Providence, RI 02912
United States
401-863-2143 (Phone)
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
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Munich, DE-81679
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