Todorova, Tamara (2013): Solving Optimal Timing Problems Elegantly.

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Abstract
Few textbooks in mathematical economics cover optimal timing problems. Those which cover them do it scantly or in a rather clumsy way, making it hard for students to understand and apply the concept of optimal time in new contexts. Discussing the plentiful illustrations of optimal timing problems, we present an elegant and simple method of solving them. Whether the present value function is exponential or logarithmic, a convenient way to solve it is to convert the base to the exponential number e, thus making it easy to differentiate the new objective function with respect to time t. This convenient method of base conversion allows to find a secondorder derivative and to use the secondorder condition as a proof of optimum.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  Solving Optimal Timing Problems Elegantly 
English Title:  Solving Optimal Timing Problems Elegantly 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  optimization of functions of one variable, continuous time, optimal timing, discounted present value, future value 
Subjects:  A  General Economics and Teaching > A2  Economic Education and Teaching of Economics > A22  Undergraduate C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6  Mathematical Methods ; Programming Models ; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C61  Optimization Techniques ; Programming Models ; Dynamic Analysis Q  Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q2  Renewable Resources and Conservation 
Item ID:  47591 
Depositing User:  Tamara Todorova 
Date Deposited:  21. Aug 2013 12:34 
Last Modified:  21. Aug 2013 12:42 
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URI:  https://mpra.ub.unimuenchen.de/id/eprint/47591 