Non-Concave Utility Maximization without the Concavification Principle
64 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2019 Last revised: 3 Sep 2019
Date Written: July 18, 2019
The problems of non-concave utility maximization appear in many areas of finance and economics, such as in behavior economics, incentive schemes, aspiration utility, and goal-reaching problems. Existing literature solves these problems using the concavification principle. We provide a framework for solving non-concave utility maximization problems, where the concavification principle may not hold and the utility functions can be discontinuous. In particular, we find that adding bounded portfolio constraints, which makes the concavification principle invalid, can significantly affect economic insights in the existing literature. Theoretically, we give a new definition of viscosity solution and show that a monotone, stable, and consistent finite difference scheme converges to the solution of the utility maximization problem.
Keywords: Non-Concave Utility, Portfolio Constraints, Discontinuous Viscosity Solution
JEL Classification: G11, D91, C61, G23
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