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**Justin Lo** I have a (maybe trivial?) question on constrained optimization. Assume that I have the following maximization problem:

$\displaystyle

\max_{x,y} -2x^{2}+3xy-3y^{2} -10x-10y,

$

subject to

$\displaystyle

-2x^{2}+3xy-10x \geq 0.

$

I setup the Lagrangian and I get the following first order conditions with the lagrange multiplier $\displaystyle \lambda$.

$\displaystyle

-4x + 3y - 10 + \lambda (-4x + 3y -10) = 0,

$

$\displaystyle

3x -6y - 10 + \lambda (3x) = 0.

$

By the Kuhn Tucker conditions, we know that if $\displaystyle \lambda > 0$, then the constraint is binding. However, from the first order conditions, we can see that the multiplier $\displaystyle \lambda$ is negative! How can this be? Am I doing things wrong here?

Please help!

Thank you