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Self-decomposability and option pricing

  • Yor, Marc
  • Madan, Dilip B.
  • Carr, Peter
  • Geman, Hélyette
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    The risk-neutral process is modeled by a four parameter self-similar process of independent increments with a self-decomposable law for its unit time distribution. Six different processes in this general class are theoretically formulated and empirically investigated. We show that all six models are capable of adequately synthesizing European option prices across the spectrum of strikes and maturities at a point of time. Considerations of parameter stability over time suggest a preference for two of these models. Currently, there are several option pricing models with 610 free parameters that deliver a comparable level of performance in synthesizing option prices. The dimension reduction attained here should prove useful in studying the variation over time of option prices.

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    Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/1380.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2007
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    Publication status: Published in Mathematical Finance, 2007, Vol. 17, no. 1. pp. 31-57.Length: 26 pages
    Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/1380
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