Option pricing under threshold autoregressive models by threshold Esscher transform

Tak Kuen Siu, Howell Tong, Hailiang Yang

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This paper develops a valuation model for options under the class of self-exciting threshold autoregressive (SETAR) models and their variants for the price dynamics of the underlying asset using the self-exciting threshold autoregressive Esscher transform (SETARET). In particular, we focus on the first generation SETAR models first proposed by Tong (1977, 1978) and later developed in Tong (1980, 1983) and Tong and Lim (1980), and the second generation models, including the SETAR-GARCH model proposed in Tong (1990) and the double-threshold autoregressive heteroskedastic time series model (DTARCH) proposed by Li and Li (1996). The class of SETAR-GARCH models has the advantage of modelling the non-linearity of the conditional first moment and the varying conditional second moment of the financial time series. We adopt the SETARET to identify an equivalent martingale measure for option valuation in the incomplete market described by the discrete-time SETAR models. We are able to justify our choice of probability measure by the SETARET by considering the self-exciting threshold dynamic utility maximization. Simulation studies will be conducted to investigate the impacts of the threshold effect in the conditional mean described by the first generation model and that in the conditional variance described by the second generation model on the qualitative behaviors of the option prices as the strike price varies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-197
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Industrial and Management Optimization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2006 AIMS. First published in Journal of industrial and management optimization, Vol. 2, No. 2, published by the American Institute of Mathematical Society. The original article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.3934/jimo.2006.2.177 Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


  • option valuation
  • Setar models
  • Setar-Garch models
  • Dtarch models
  • Setaret
  • infinitely divisible distributions
  • threshold dynamic utility maximization


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