Dynamic Equilibrium with Overpriced Put Options
26 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2007
It is a well-known anomaly that prices of put options are too high when options are out-of-the-money. This paper presents a simple general equilibrium model of the market where European put options become substantially overpriced when they are out-of-the-money. Overpricing is due to the presence of short-sale constraints on trading stocks and derivatives, as well as the heterogeneity between investors. We confirm the predicting power of the model by comparing its implications with existing empirical results.
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