A Partial Equilibrium Model of Option Markets
25 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2000
Date Written: September 20, 2000
This paper addresses the questions who is buying and who is selling options on a stock, the optimal position to hold, and how this affects the price. The individual demand functions and the equilibrium allocation are derived using an asymptotically valid expansion. Trading occurs only at discrete dates; the option does not have to complete the market. The paper also discusses the conditions under which trade results, the importance of heterogeneity for trade, when preferences become irrelevant to price options, and the case in which there is only a spanning demand, but no risk-sharing demand in options.
Keywords: heterogeneity, equilibrium, demand, supply, prices.
JEL Classification: D52, D58, G12, G13
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