Estimation of Partial Differential Equations with Applications in Finance
University College London; University of Aarhus - CREATES; Cemmap (Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice)
June 10, 2004
Linear parabolic partial differential equations (PDE's) and diffusion models are closely linked through the celebrated Feynman-Kac representation of solutions to PDE's. In asset pricing theory, this leads to the representation of derivative prices as solutions to PDE's. We give a number of examples of this, including the pricing of bonds and interest rate derivatives. Very often derivative prices are calculated given preliminary estimates of the diffusion model for the underlying variable. We demonstrate that the derivative prices are consistent and asymptotically normally distributed under general conditions. We apply this result to three leading cases of preliminary estimators: Nonparametric, semiparametric and fully parametric ones. In all three cases, the asymptotic distribution of the solution is derived. Our general results have other applications in asset pricing theory and in the estimation of diffusion models; these are also discussed.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: derivative pricing, estimation, partial differential equations, nonparametric, semiparametric, stochastic differential equations
JEL Classification: C10, C14, G12, G13working papers series
Date posted: June 15, 2004
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