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A short note on option pricing with Lévy Processes


  • Dominique Guegan

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Hanjarivo Lalaharison

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)


In this paper, we provide exact formulas for the pricing of European options under the risk neutral measure, whereas under the historic measure the data follow two types of models : a GARCH process with Lévy innovations, or a GARCH process with Poisson jumps. This approach aims to take realistic account of the jumps that are observed in the markets and to introduce them into the theory of pricing in incomplete markets. We assume that the "pricing kenel" that can move from measurement historical risk-neutral measure can be obtained from the Esscher transform (Siu et al., 1994), or using the MEMM transformation introduced by Elliott and Madam (1998). We show how these two types of "pricing kernels" impact on the options prices and through an example we quantify the difference.

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  • Dominique Guegan & Hanjarivo Lalaharison, 2010. "A short note on option pricing with Lévy Processes," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00542475, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00542475
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    Processus de Lévy; marchés incomplets; mesure risque neutre.; Lévy processes; pricing; incomplet markets; risk neutral measure.;

    JEL classification:

    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling


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