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Estimation of partial differential equations with applications in finance

  • Kristensen, Dennis

Linear parabolic partial differential equations (PDE's) and diffusion models are closely linked through the celebrated Feynman-Kac representation of solutions to PDE's. In asset pricing theory, this leads to the representation of derivative prices as solutions to PDE's. Very often implied derivative prices are calculated given preliminary estimates of the diffusion model for the underlying variable. We demonstrate that the implied derivative prices are consistent and derive their asymptotic distribution under general conditions. We apply this result to three leading cases of preliminary estimators: Nonparametric, semiparametric and fully parametric ones. In all three cases, the asymptotic distribution of the solution is derived. We demonstrate the use of these results in obtaining confidence bands and standard errors for implied prices of bonds, options and other derivatives. Our general results also are of interest for the estimation of diffusion models using either historical data of the underlying process or option prices; these issues are also discussed.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 144 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 392-408

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