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Empirical Tests of Option Pricing Models

Verchenko, Olesia
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Verchenko, Olesia
Advisor
Epps, Thomas W. Epps
Otrok, Chris
Abstract
This dissertation examines the empirical performance of several complete and incomplete market models of stock price dynamics using S&P 500 options and stock market data. The main contribution of this work is that it suggests and implementsg an empirical approach to estimating a complete model with uncertain volatility, and then judges it against other popular option pricing processes. The performance of alternative models is evaluated from four perspectives: (1) in - sample flt to stock returns data, (2) in - sample flt to options data, (3) consistency of physical and risk - neutral parameter estimates and (4) out - of - sample option pricing. Overall, the complete model with uncertain volatility is found to flt the data much better than models with constant and price - level - dependent volatilities, and the variance gamma process, and its performance is comparable to that of a stochastic volatility model. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF file via OCR
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Economics, PHD, 2008
Published Date
2008-12-01
Degree
PHD
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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