dc.contributor.advisor Hu, Yaozhong dc.contributor.author Han, Zheng dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-12T02:43:48Z dc.date.available 2016-10-12T02:43:48Z dc.date.issued 2015-12-31 dc.date.submitted 2015 dc.identifier.other http://dissertations.umi.com/ku:14302 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1808/21698 dc.description.abstract This dissertation provides explicit solutions to four special stochastic optimal control problems for reflected diffusions and Markov modulated reflected diffusions. The main mathematical tool that we use is the ergodic theory for stochastic differential equations (SDE’s), in particular, the ergodic theory for reflected diffusions. First, we present some basic definitions of reflected diffusions, the Itô’s formulas. After this we study the ergodic theorems, namely, the law of large numbers, for reflected diffusions. The reflected diffusions and Markov modulated reflected diffusions are used to simulate bounded price dynamics regulated by policy makers. Motivated by this, we analyze several stochastic optimal control problems for reflected diffusions (or for Markov modulated reflected diffusions). These stochastic optimal control problems are solved in the sense that we can reduce them to some explicit optimization problems. Numerical computations are also given for the reduced optimization problems. Our work resulted in one accepted paper, one completed paper and two on-going projects. dc.format.extent 82 pages dc.language.iso en dc.publisher University of Kansas dc.rights Copyright held by the author. dc.subject Mathematics dc.subject Finance dc.subject Operations research dc.subject Ergodic theory dc.subject Optimal barrier dc.subject Reflected diffusions dc.title Reflected diffusions and applications to finance and operations management dc.type Dissertation dc.contributor.cmtemember Nualart, David dc.contributor.cmtemember Liu, Weishi dc.contributor.cmtemember Tu, Xuemin dc.contributor.cmtemember Zhang, Jianbo dc.thesis.degreeDiscipline Mathematics dc.thesis.degreeLevel Ph.D. dc.identifier.orcid dc.rights.accessrights openAccess
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