Minicourse: An introduction to stochastic control and portfolio optimization

Speaker:  Luciano Campi - London School of Economics
  Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 3:30 PM - 3 lessons , 3 hours each

Lectures will be given by prof. Luciano Campi
[London School of Economics, London]


11th of April – 1530-1830 – Meeting room 2nd floor

12th of April –  1530-1830 – Meeting room 2nd floor

13th of April – 1530-1830 – Meeting room 2nd floor


We will give a short introduction to stochastic control in continuous time with some applications to optimal investment problems. In particular, after giving some examples of control problem which are relevant in finance and economics, we will turn to the dynamic programming principle (DPP), which is the main tool to obtain the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) partial differential equation describing the local behaviour of the value function. Under some regularity conditions, solving the HJB PDE gives a method to find (at least theoretically) the solution of stochastic control problems where the state variable has Markovian dynamics. We will apply this approach to solve some problems of optimal investment, e.g. the classic Merton problem of optimal investment and consumption and some of its variants.

Contact person
Luca Di Persio

Publication date
February 8, 2018