Inserted: 7 jan 2015
Last Updated: 23 aug 2016
Journal: ESAIM Control Optim. Calc. Var.
For a class of Bellman equations in bounded domains we prove that sub- and supersolutions whose growth at the boundary is suitably controlled must be constant. The ellipticity of the operator is assumed to degenerate at the boundary and a condition involving also the drift is further imposed. We apply this result to stochastic control problems, in particular to an exit problem and to the small discount limit related with ergodic control with state constraints. In this context, our condition on the behavior of the operator near the boundary ensures some invariance property of the domain for the associated controlled diffusion process.