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dc.contributor.authorRen, Yu
dc.contributor.otherQueen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Theses (Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.))en
dc.date2008-06-19 00:00:55.996en
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-19T14:33:06Z
dc.date.available2008-06-19T14:33:06Z
dc.date.issued2008-06-19T14:33:06Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/1238
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, Economics) -- Queen's University, 2008-06-19 00:00:55.996en
dc.description.abstractState price density (SPD) and stochastic discount factor (SDF) are important elements in asset pricing. In this thesis, I first propose to use projection pursuit regression (PPR) and local polynomial regression (LPR) to estimate the SPD of interest rates nonparametrically. By using a similar approach, I also estimate the delta values in the interest rate options and discusses how to delta-hedge these options. Unlike SPD measured in a risk-neutral economy, SDF is implied by an asset pricing model. It displays which prices are reasonable given the returns in the current period. Hansen and Jagannathan (1997) develop the Hansen-Jagannathan distance (HJ-distance) to measure pricing errors produced by SDF. While the HJ-distance has several desirable properties, Ahn and Gadarowski (2004) find that the specification test based on the HJ-distance overrejects correct models too severely in commonly used sample size to provide a valid test. This thesis proposes to improve the finite sample properties of the HJ-distance test by applying the shrinkage method (Ledoit and Wolf, 2003) to compute its weighting matrix.en
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dc.subjectInterest rate optionsen
dc.subjectNonparametricsen
dc.subjectState-price densitiesen
dc.subjectHJ-distanceen
dc.titlePricing, hedging and testing risky assets in financial marketsen
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dc.description.degreePh.Den
dc.contributor.supervisorShimotsu, Katsumien
dc.contributor.departmentEconomicsen


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