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August 2011 Renorming divergent perpetuities
Paweł Hitczenko, Jacek Wesołowski
Bernoulli 17(3): 880-894 (August 2011). DOI: 10.3150/10-BEJ297


We consider a sequence of random variables ($R_n$) defined by the recurrence $R_n = Q_n + M_nR_{n−1}, n ≥ 1$, where $R_0$ is arbitrary and ($Q_n, M_n), n ≥ 1$, are i.i.d. copies of a two-dimensional random vector ($Q, M$), and ($Q_n, M_n$) is independent of $R_{n−1}$. It is well known that if $E \ln|M| < 0$ and $E \ln^+|Q| < ∞$, then the sequence ($R_n$) converges in distribution to a random variable $R$ given by $R\stackrel d=\sum_{k=1}^\infty Q_k\prod_{j=1}^{k-1}M_j$, and usually referred to as perpetuity. In this paper we consider a situation in which the sequence ($R_n$) itself does not converge. We assume that $E \ln|M|$ exists but that it is non-negative and we ask if in this situation the sequence ($R_n$), after suitable normalization, converges in distribution to a non-degenerate limit.


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Paweł Hitczenko. Jacek Wesołowski. "Renorming divergent perpetuities." Bernoulli 17 (3) 880 - 894, August 2011.


Published: August 2011
First available in Project Euclid: 7 July 2011

zbMATH: 1232.60017
MathSciNet: MR2817609
Digital Object Identifier: 10.3150/10-BEJ297

Keywords: Convergence in distribution , perpetuity , stochastic difference equation

Rights: Copyright © 2011 Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability

Vol.17 • No. 3 • August 2011
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