# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

September  2012, 2(3): 271-329. doi: 10.3934/mcrf.2012.2.271

## Time-inconsistent optimal control problems and the equilibrium HJB equation

 1 Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816

Received  April 2012 Revised  May 2012 Published  August 2012

A general time-inconsistent optimal control problem is considered for stochastic differential equations with deterministic coefficients. Under suitable conditions, a Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman type equation is derived for the equilibrium value function of the problem. Well-posedness such an equation is studied, and time-consistent equilibrium strategies are constructed. As special cases, the linear-quadratic problem and a generalized Merton's portfolio problem are investigated.
Citation: Jiongmin Yong. Time-inconsistent optimal control problems and the equilibrium HJB equation. Mathematical Control & Related Fields, 2012, 2 (3) : 271-329. doi: 10.3934/mcrf.2012.2.271
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