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Title: Non-affine GARCH option pricing models, variance dependent kernels, and diffusion limits Authors:  Alex Badescu - University of Calgary (Canada) [presenting]
Zhenyu Cui - Stevens Institute of Technology (United States)
Juan-Pablo Ortega - University St. Gallen (Switzerland)
Abstract: The pricing and weak convergence of an asymmetric non-affine, non-Gaussian GARCH model is investigated 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.