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Monte Carlo methods for pricing discrete Parisian options


  • Carole Bernard
  • Phelim Boyle


The paper develops an efficient Monte Carlo method to price discretely monitored Parisian options based on a control variate approach. The paper also modifies the Parisian option design by assuming the option is exercised when the barrier condition is met rather than at maturity. We obtain formulas for this new design when the underlying is continuously monitored and develop an efficient Monte Carlo method for the discrete case. Our method can also be used for the case of multiple barriers. We use numerical examples to illustrate the approach and reveal important features of the different types of options considered. Some performance-based executive stock options include different tranches of discretely monitored Parisian options and we illustrate this with a practical example.

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  • Carole Bernard & Phelim Boyle, 2011. "Monte Carlo methods for pricing discrete Parisian options," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(3), pages 169-196.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:17:y:2011:i:3:p:169-196
    DOI: 10.1080/13518470903448473

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    1. Carole Bernard & Olivier Le Courtois, 2012. "Performance Regularity: A New Class of Executive Compensation Packages," Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Springer;Japanese Association of Financial Economics and Engineering, vol. 19(4), pages 353-370, November.
    2. Dassios, Angelos & Lim, Jia Wei, 2017. "An analytical solution for the two-sided Parisian stopping time, its asymptotics and the pricing of Parisian options," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 60154, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.


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