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Theory of optimal contracts in continuous-time models

Vrijeme: 17.10.2007
Predavaonica: 005
Predavač: Prof. dr. Jakša Cvitanić, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, USA
Naziv: Theory of optimal contracts in continuous-time models

This talk will give a survey of recent results in continuous-time contract theory, and discuss open problems and plans for further research on this topic. The general question is how a ''principal'' (a company, investors,...) should design a payoff for compensating an ''agent'' (an executive, a portfolio manager,...) in order to induce the best possible performance. We will discuss the following frameworks:
(i) the principal and the agent have same, full information; (ii) the principal cannot monitor agent's actions; (iii) the principal does not know agent's type; (iv) the time of payment may be random. In addition to executive and portfolio managers compensation, we will discuss the application of finding the optimal contributions by a company to its pension fund. The mathematical tools used are those of stochastic control theory and Forward Backward Stochastic Differential Equations, and leads to some unresolved questions of existence and uniqueness.

(Dio ovih materijala temelji se na projektu koji financira Nacionalna zaklada za znanost, visoko školstvo i tehnologijski razvoj Republike Hrvatske.)

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