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\documentclass[12pt]{article} \ \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{geometry} \ \geometry{top=1in,bottom=1in,left=1in,right=1in} \ \setlength{\parindent}{0in} \setlength{\parskip}{2ex} \ \begin{document} \ \begin{center} \begin{tabular*}{6.5in}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r} \multicolumn{2}{c} {\bfseries Problem Set 2 } \\ \multicolumn{2}{c} {Due Thursday, September 24} \end{tabular*} \end{center} \ {\bfseries 1. Utility Maximization - Second-Order Conditions} { The following result specializes Theorem 19.8 from Simon and Blume's book to provide first and second-order conditions for a constrained optimization problem with two choice variables and a single constraint that is assumed to bind at the optimum. o {\bfseries Theorem} Let $F: \mathbf{R^{2}} \rightarrow \mathbf{R}$ and $G: \mathbf{R^{2}} \rightarrow \mathbf{R}$ be twice continuously differentiable functions, and consider the constrained optimization problem $$ \max_{x_{1},x_{2}} F(x_{1},x_{2}) \text{ subject to } c \geq G(x_{1},x_{2}), $$ with parameter $c \in \mathbf{R}$. Associated with this problem, define the Lagrangian $$ L(x_{1},x_{2},\lambda) = F(x_{1},x_{2}) + \lambda[c-G(x_{1},x_{2})]. $$ Suppose there exist values $x_{1}^{*}$, $x_{2}^{*}$, and $\lambda^{*}$ of $x_{1}$, $x_{2}$, and $\lambda$ that satisfy the first-order conditions $$ L_{1}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*},\lambda^{*}) = F_{1}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*}) - \lambda^{*}G_{1}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*}) = 0, $$ $$ L_{2}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*},\lambda^{*}) = F_{2}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*}) - \lambda^{*}G_{2}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*}) = 0, $$ $$ L_{3}(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*},\lambda^{*}) = c - G[(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*}) \geq 0, $$ $$ \lambda^{*} \geq 0, $$ and $$
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\lambda^{*}[c - G(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*})] = 0. $$ Suppose also that $c-G(x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*})$, so that the constraint binds at the optimum, and that the ``bordered Hessian'' matrix $$ H = \begin{bmatrix} (x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*},\lambda^{*}) \\ (x_{1}^{*},x_{2}^{*},\lambda^{*}) \end{bmatrix} $$ satisfies the second-order condition that $|H|>0$, so that the determinant of $H$ is strictly positive. Then $x_{1}^{*}$ and $x_{2}^{*}$ are local maximizers of $F(x_{1},x_{2})$ subject to $c \geq G(x_{1},x_{2})$. $ Note that this result provides sufficient conditions for a solution to the problem: it says that if the first and second-order conditions are satisfied, then the values of $x_{1}^{*}$ and $x_{2}^{*}$ constitute at least a local maximum. v
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