Department of Mathematics

Dr. Kristoffer Lindensjö, University of Stockholm: "Optimal dividends and capital injection under dividend restrictions"

Apr 04, 2019 from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

LMS 4 - Raum 325 - Seminarhörsaal


We study a singular stochastic control problem faced by the owner of an insurance company that dynamically pays dividends and raises capital in the presence of the restriction that the surplus process must be above a given dividend payout barrier in order for dividend payments to be allowed. Bankruptcy occurs if the surplus process becomes negative and there are proportional costs for capital injection. We show that one of the following strategies is optimal: (i) Pay dividends and inject capital in order to reflect the surplus process at an upper barrier and at 0, implying bankruptcy never occurs. (ii) Pay dividends in order to reflect the surplus process at an upper barrier and never inject capital --- corresponding to absorption at 0 --- implying bankruptcy occurs the first time the surplus reaches zero. We show that if the costs of capital injection are low, then a sufficiently high dividend payout barrier will change the optimal strategy from type (i) (without bankruptcy) to type (ii) (with bankruptcy). Moreover, if the costs are high, then the optimal strategy is of type (ii) regardless of the dividend payout barrier. The uncontrolled surplus process is a Wiener process with drift. 


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