On the Theory of Continuous-Time Recursive Utility

27 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011 Last revised: 9 Dec 2011

Date Written: November 7, 2011


We establish a connection between continuous-time recursive utility and the notion of consistency studied, in particular, in connection with the non-linear objective mean-variance. We propose a time-global optimization problem and show that the optimal time-consistent solution to this time-global problem is closely related to the standard recursive utility solution which is defined via differential equations. The two approaches are, to some extent, equivalent. Standard continuous-time recursive utility was developed for Brownain markets, and a generalization is complicated. Our approach contributes with insight in the notion of recursive utility and lightens up a relatively simple path that potentially gives access to results for general Markovian markets.

Keywords: Consistency, stochastic differential utility, pseudo-Bellman equations, time-globality, linear homogeneity

JEL Classification: C61, D91, G11

Suggested Citation

Steffensen, Mogens, On the Theory of Continuous-Time Recursive Utility (November 7, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1954655 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1954655

Mogens Steffensen (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Universitetsparken 5
DK-2100 Copenhagen

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