This was part of Distributed Solutions to Complex Societal Problems Reunion Workshop

Forward-backward propagation of chaos via displacement monotonicity

Joe Jackson, University of Texas, Austin
Tuesday, February 21, 2023


In this talk I will discuss an ongoing joint work with Ludovic Tangpi, in which we obtain quantitative convergence results for a class of mean field games with common noise and controlled volatility. The basic strategy we employ is the one introduced recently by Laurière and Tangpi – roughly speaking, we use a synchronous coupling argument to prove a “forward-backward propagation of chaos” result for the FBSDEs which characterize the (open-loop) equilibria of the N-player and mean field games. Unlike in earlier works which have adopted this strategy, we do not require smallness conditions, and instead rely on monotonicity. In particular, displacement monotonicity of the coupling functions and a monotonicity condition on the Hamiltonian allow us to establish a (uniform in N) stability estimate for the N-player FBSDEs, which implies the convergence result. The arguments are relatively simple, and flexible enough to yield similar results in the setting of mean field control and infinite horizon (discounted) mean field games.