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Can Tests Based on Option Hedging Errors Correctly Identify Volatility Risk Premia?

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  • Branger, Nicole
  • Schlag, Christian

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Tests for the existence and the sign of the volatility risk premium are often based on expected option hedging errors. When the hedge is performed under the ideal conditions of continuous trading and correct model specification, the sign of the premium is the same as the sign of the mean hedging error for a large class of models. We show that discrete trading and model misspecification may cause the standard test to yield unreliable results. In particular, ignoring jump risk premia can lead to incorrect conclusions. We also show that delta-gamma hedges do not increase the reliability of the test.

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  • Branger, Nicole & Schlag, Christian, 2008. "Can Tests Based on Option Hedging Errors Correctly Identify Volatility Risk Premia?," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 43(04), pages 1055-1090, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jfinqa:v:43:y:2008:i:04:p:1055-1090_01
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    1. Suleyman Basak & Georgy Chabakauri, 2012. "Dynamic Hedging in Incomplete Markets: A Simple Solution," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 25(6), pages 1845-1896.
    2. Hui Guo & Christopher J. Neely & Jason Higbee, 2008. "Foreign Exchange Volatility Is Priced in Equities," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 37(4), pages 769-790, December.
    3. Duyvesteyn, Johan & de Zwart, Gerben, 2015. "Riding the swaption curve," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 57-75.
    4. Mark Broadie & Mikhail Chernov & Michael Johannes, 2009. "Understanding Index Option Returns," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 22(11), pages 4493-4529, November.
    5. Alfredo Ibáñez, 2008. "The cross-section of average delta-hedge option returns under stochastic volatility," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 205-244, October.
    6. Schmeiser, H. & Wagner, J., 2011. "A joint valuation of premium payment and surrender options in participating life insurance contracts," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(3), pages 580-596.
    7. Andrew Carverhill & Terry Cheuk & Sigurd Dyrting, 2009. "The smirk in the S&P500 futures options prices: a linearized factor analysis," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 109-139, July.
    8. Daglish, Toby & Neely, Chris, 2008. "Optimal discrete hedging in the Heston Stochastic Volatility Model," Working Paper Series 4007, Victoria University of Wellington, The New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation.

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    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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