Optimal Control Theory for Undergraduates

35 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2005

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Ernst Juerg Weber

The University of Western Australia - UWA Business School

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

Dynamic optimization is widely used in financial economics, macroeconomics and resource economics. This is accounting for some tension between the undergraduate and graduate teaching of economics because most undergraduate programs still concentrate on static economic analysis. This paper shows how, with the help of the Microsoft Excel Solver tool, the principles of dynamic economics can be taught to students with minimal knowledge of calculus. As it is assumed that the reader has no prior knowledge of optimal control theory, some attention is paid to the main concepts of dynamic optimization.

JEL Classification: A22, C61, D91, D92, Q00

Suggested Citation

Weber, Ernst Juerg, Optimal Control Theory for Undergraduates (January 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=684422 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.684422

Ernst Juerg Weber (Contact Author)

The University of Western Australia - UWA Business School ( email )

Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

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