By Suresh P. Sethi

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Deﬁne Bk0 = x: ∂V (x, k) >0 . ∂x By Assumption (A2) we know that −(dc(0)/du) ≤ 0. Since ∂V (x, k)/∂x is nondecreasing, we have Bk0 ⊂ Bk . Thus, in order to prove that Bk = ∅, it suﬃces to show that Bk0 = ∅. If Bk0 = ∅, we will have ∂V (x, k) ≤ 0, ∂x x∈ . 50) Using the fact that V (·, k) is a convex function bounded from below, we can conclude that ∂V (x, k) → 0, as x → ∞. ∂x Thus, we have that, as x → ∞, F k, ∂V (x, k) ∂x = inf 0≤u≤k (u − z) ∂V (x, k) + c(u) ∂x → 0. 31) and h(x) → ∞ as x → ∞, we can see that QV (x, ·)(k) → −∞, as x → ∞.

M) are called turnpike levels or thresholds. We will provide a more detailed discussion in the next section. 6 Turnpike Set Analysis A major characteristic of the optimal policy in convex production planning with a suﬃciently long horizon is that there exists a time-dependent threshold or turnpike level (see Thompson and Sethi [135]), such that production takes place in order to reach the turnpike level if the inventory level is below the turnpike level and no production takes place if the inventory is above that level.

The change of variables is equivalent to deﬁning a “product” so that a unit of the product means r gears. 1), x(t) denotes the surplus expressed in units of the product, u(t) denotes the production rate expressed in product units per minute, and z denotes the demand in product units per minute. 2). ✷ Sometimes, it is desirable to obtain controls that discourage large deviation in the states, which, while occurring with low probabilities, are extremely costly. Such controls are termed robust or risk-sensitive controls.