Monographs in Mathematical Economics

Description

This series, consisting of research monographs and advanced textbooks for graduate students, is designed to bring together mathematicians interested in obtaining challenging new stimuli from economic theories and economists seeking effective mathematical tools for their research.

The scope of the series includes but is not limited to:

  • Economic theories in various fields based on rigorous mathematical reasoning
  • Mathematical methods (e.g., analysis, algebra, geometry, probability) motivated by economic theories
  • Mathematical results of potential relevance to economic theory
  • Historical study of mathematical economics

Comparable, existing monographs series are mainly organized from the viewpoint of “users” of mathematics, and are thus of limited interest to mathematicians. This series in contrast aims at genuine interaction between economists and mathematicians.

Most economic phenomena are described by (1) optimizing behaviors of agents (consumers, firms, governments, etc.) and (2) equilibria generated through the interactions of these agents. Consequently, the most basic mathematical subjects for economics fall into two categories:

  • Optimization theory, static and dynamic. Basic linear / nonlinear programming, calculus of variations, optimal control, dynamic programming etc. provide key mathematical tools. Modern developments in convex analysis, nonlinear functional analysis, set-valued analysis, and non-smooth analysis form indispensable foundations.
  • Equilibrium theory. Existence in finite- / infinite-dimensional settings, characterization, computational algorithms, dynamic adjustment processes, correspondence with economic structures.

Some fixed-point theorems and variational inequalities were created to solve the existence problem of equilibria. The stability theory and the viability theory of differential equations play important roles in the dynamic aspects of the equilibrium theory. Further, differential topology is a basic tool for the geometric analysis of equilibrium manifolds.

Economic phenomena significant in the real world often have a dynamic character. For instance, business cycles and movements of asset prices are governed by dynamic laws expressed in terms of differential or difference equations. Nonlinear analysis, harmonic analysis, and stochastic calculus play significant roles in solving dynamic economic problems. Econometric methods, including time series analysis and forecasting, also require sophisticated mathematical tools. Finally, significant developments in game theory and interaction with mathematical logic should be mentioned.

All of these topics and phenomena come within the scope of this series, aimed at cooperation between economists and mathematicians and the development of their respective disciplines.