Estimating Unobservable Valuation Parameters for Illiquid Assets

15 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009

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Glenn Boyle

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance; Sapere Research Group

Graeme Guthrie

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance

Neil Quigley

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Commerce and Administration

Date Written: 2008-11-08

Abstract

A problem that often arises in applied finance is one where decision-makers need to choose a value for some parameter that will affect the cash flows between two parties involved in the operation of an illiquid asset. Because the values of the cash flows also depend on various unobservable parameters, identifying the value of the policy parameter that achieves the desired allocation between the parties is no simple task, often resulting in disputes and the invocation of ad hoc approaches. We show how this problem can be solved using an extension of the well-known ‘implied volatility’ technique from option pricing, and apply it to the determination of equilibrium rental rates on ground leases of commercial land.

Suggested Citation

Boyle, Glenn and Guthrie, Graeme and Quigley, Neil, Estimating Unobservable Valuation Parameters for Illiquid Assets (2008-11-08). Accounting & Finance, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 465-479, September 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1483943 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-629X.2008.00293.x

Glenn Boyle (Contact Author)

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Graeme Guthrie

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance ( email )

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Neil Quigley

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Commerce and Administration ( email )

Wellington 6001
New Zealand

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