The Exponential Habit Forming Utility: Explicit Forms and Graphical Illustrations

  • Author / Creator
    Lu, Boyuan
  • This thesis focuses on characterizing the optimal consumption and investment strategy for an investor, in a simple financial market, when his consumption habit is considered in the utility formulation. We consider a continuous-time market model for which we maximize the overall utility within an infinite horizon.

    Using the Bellman's Principle, we derive the associated Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation (called HJB hereafter). For the case of HARA utility (exponential, power and logarithmic), the solution to the corresponding HJB is explicitly described. Furthermore, for the HARA case, the optimal consumption, consumption habit and wealth processes are described by a stochastic differential equation (called SDE hereafter). We pay particular attention to the case of exponential utility, where the obtained SDE is solved explicitly.

    By applying graphing method, we explain the relationships between the optimal consumption/wealth/habit and the system's parameters. This result is meaningful, since it implies the potential influence to investors when the system's parameters are changing.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2014
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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