Non-Affine GARCH Option Pricing Models, Variance Dependent Kernels, and Diffusion Limits
54 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2015 Last revised: 12 Jun 2017
Date Written: December 18, 2015
This paper investigates the pricing and weak convergence of an asymmetric non-affine, non-Gaussian GARCH model when the risk-neutralization is based on a variance dependent exponential linear pricing kernel with stochastic risk aversion parameters. The risk-neutral dynamics are obtained for a general setting and its weak limit is derived. We show how several GARCH diffusions, martingalized via well-known pricing kernels, are obtained as special cases and we derive necessary and sufficient conditions for the presence of financial bubbles. An extensive empirical analysis using both historical returns and options data illustrates the advantage of coupling this pricing kernel with non-Gaussian innovations.
Keywords: non-affine GARCH models, non-Gaussian innovations, exponential linear variance dependent pricing kernel, bivariate diffusion limit, option pricing
JEL Classification: C58, G12, G13
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