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Semi-nonparametric estimation of the call price surface under strike and time-to-expiry no-arbitrage constraints

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  • Fengler, Matthias
  • Hin, Lin-Yee

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We suggest a semi-nonparametric estimator for the entire call price surface based on a tensor-product B-spline. To enforce no-arbitrage constraints in strike and calendar dimensions we establish sufficient no-arbitrage conditions on the control net of the tensor product (TP) B-spline. Since these conditions are independent of the degrees of the underlying polynomials, the estimator can be parametrized with TP B-splines of arbitrary order. We derive consistency and explore the statistical efficiency benefits from surface estimation. As an application, we estimate families of state price densities and a local volatility surface for S&P500 option data.

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  • Fengler, Matthias & Hin, Lin-Yee, 2011. "Semi-nonparametric estimation of the call price surface under strike and time-to-expiry no-arbitrage constraints," Economics Working Paper Series 1136, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science, revised May 2013.
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    Option pricing function; no-arbitrage constraints; state price density; implied volatility; local volatility; semi-nonparametric estimation; B-splines;
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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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