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The Multinomial Option Pricing Model and Its Brownian and Poisson Limits

  • Madan, Dilip B
  • Milne, Frank
  • Shefrin, Hersh

The Cox, Ross, and Rubinstein binomial model is generalized to the multinomial case. Limits are investigated and shown to yield the Blacks-Scholes formula in the case of continuous sample paths for formula in the case of complete market structures. In the discontinuous case a Merton-type formula is shown to result, provided jump probabilities are replaced by their corresponding Arrow-Debreu prices. Article published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Financial Studies in its journal, The Review of Financial Studies.

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Volume (Year): 2 (1989)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 251-65

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  1. Black, Fischer & Scholes, Myron S, 1973. "The Pricing of Options and Corporate Liabilities," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(3), pages 637-54, May-June.
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