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Assessing the Costs of Protection in a Context of Switching Stochastic Regimes

  • Pauline Barrieu
  • Nadine Bellamy
  • Jean-Michel Sahut

We consider the problem of cost assessment in the context of switching stochastic regimes. The dynamics of a given asset include a background noise, described by a Brownian motion and a random shock, the impact of which is characterized by changes in the coefficient diffusions. A particular economic agent that is directly exposed to variations in the underlying asset price, incurs some costs, , when the underlying asset price reaches a certain threshold, L. Ideally, the agent would make advance provision, or hedge, for these costs at time 0. We evaluate the amount of provision, or the hedging premium, , for these costs in the disrupted environment, with changes in the regime for a given time horizon, and analyse the sensitivity of this amount to possible model misspecifications.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 495-511

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