1. Mathematical preliminaries; 2. Optimization in Rn; 3. Existence of solutions: the Weierstrass theorem; 4. Unconstrained optima; 5. Equality constraints and the theorem of Lagrange; 6. Inequality constraints and the theorem of Kuhn and Tucker; 7. Convex structures in optimization theory; 8. Quasi-convexity and optimization; 9. Parametric continuity: the maximum theorem; 10. Supermodularity and parametric monotonicity; 11. Finite-horizon dynamic programming; 12. Stationary discounted dynamic programming; Appendix A. Set theory and logic: an introduction; Appendix B. The real line; Appendix C. Structures on vector spaces; Bibliography.
This book, first published in 1996, introduces students to optimization theory and its use in economics and allied disciplines.
'... the book is an excellent reference for self-studies, especially for students in business and economics.' H. Noltemeier, Wurzberg