Pricing GDP Linked Securities

44 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014

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Oleg A. Ruban


Luiz Vitiello

University of Essex - Essex Business School

Ser-Huang Poon

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester; Alan Turing Institute

Date Written: April 7, 2014


We propose a simple model for the valuation of sovereign growth linked bonds. The model is calibrated to potential GDP, output gap, real exchange rate and rating implied historical default probabilities. Bond prices are obtained by applying the Esscher transform on the simulated cash flows with the risk aversion parameter calibrated to match market prices of vanilla bonds of the sovereign (or a comparable sovereign). The model was applied to Argentinian data and its US$ vanilla bonds before being used to price Argentina's GDP warrants. Results indicate that our model produce valuations that are close to observed market prices.

Keywords: GDP linked bond, Incomplete Markets, Structural Models, Esscher transform, General Equilibrium

JEL Classification: D52, G13, C22

Suggested Citation

Ruban, Oleg A. and Vitiello, Luiz and Poon, Ser-Huang, Pricing GDP Linked Securities (April 7, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Oleg A. Ruban

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Luiz Vitiello

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Ser-Huang Poon (Contact Author)

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester ( email )

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