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A Multiperiod Equilibrium Pricing Model
We propose an equilibrium pricing model in a dynamic multiperiod stochastic framework with uncertain income. There are one tradable risky asset (stock/commodity), one nontradable underlying (temperature), and also a contingent claim (weather derivative) written on the tradable risky asset and the nontradable underlying in the market. The price of the contingent claim is priced in equilibrium by optimal strategies of representative agent and market clearing condition. The risk preferences are of exponential type with a stochastic coefficient of risk aversion. Both subgame perfect strategy and naive strategy are considered and the corresponding equilibrium prices are derived. From the numerical result we examine how the equilibrium prices vary in response to changes in model parameters and highlight the importance of our equilibrium pricing principle.
Hitherto, there has been an increasing literature on pricing contingent claims written on nontradable underlyings in a dynamic multiperiod equilibrium framework. One example of such contingent claim is a weather derivative, in which case the underlying is the temperature process. One approach in pricing this financial instrument is to use a multiperiod stochastic equilibrium model. In financial economics there is a huge amount of literature on this issue. Rubinstein  considers a multiperiod state-preference equilibrium model without explicit modeling of production/investment. Brennan  looks at a multiperiod equilibrium problem in which the representative agent exhibits constant risk aversion. Bhattacharya  extends the model of Rubinstein  to show that risk/return tradeoffs are linear relations linking instantaneous expected returns of assets to the instantaneous covariance of returns with aggregate consumption. Bizid and Jouini  derive restrictions on the equilibrium state-price deflator independent of the choices of utility function in an incomplete market. Câmara  obtains preference-free option prices in a discrete equilibrium model where representative agent has exponential utility and aggregate wealth together with the underlying asset price has transformed normal distributions.
Our paper presents a partial equilibrium model with two exogenous assets, one tradable and one nontradable. The goal is to find the price of a derivative security written on tradable and nontradable underlyings in equilibrium. We assume that the tradable asset is priced in a different market so its price is exogenously given. Moreover the interest rate risk is not considered because we take the money market account as numeraire. The derivative security, written on the tradable asset and nontradable underlying, is priced in equilibrium by a representative agent who receives (unspanned) random income within an incomplete multiperiod market. The optimal strategies are obtained by backward induction. First order conditions together with the market clearing give the equilibrium prices.
Cao and Wei , Lee and Oren [7, 8], and Cheridito et al.  are related to our work. Cao and Wei  generalize the model of Lucas  to provide an equilibrium framework for valuing weather derivatives in a multiperiod setting. Lee and Oren  explore a single-period equilibrium pricing model in a multicommodity setting and mean-variance preferences. Lee and Oren  made a followup in a multiperiod framework. Cheridito et al.  establish results on the existence and uniqueness of equilibrium in dynamically incomplete financial markets with preferences of monetary type and heterogeneous agents. Utility indifference pricing is also a way for pricing derivatives written on nontradable underlying. The utility indifference price was introduced by Hodges and Neuberger . By now, there are several papers on this topic; we recall only a few (on discrete time Musiela et al. ; on continuous time Henderson ; Musiela and Zariphopoulou ; for an overview see Henderson and Hobson ). Pirvu and Zhang  derive utility indifference prices in a model with time changing risk aversion.
In our model the representative agent has risk preferences of exponential type with time and state-dependent coefficient of risk aversion. Inspired by Gordon and St-Amour , we assume that the representative agent's risk aversion coefficient is a stochastic process. Gordon and St-Amour  motivate this change by the fact that stochastic risk aversion can explain asset-price movements which cannot be explained by constant risk aversion. Lately, the issue of time changing risk aversion received some attention in the financial literature. For instance, Barberis and Huang  consider a model in which the loss aversion depends on prior gains and losses, so it may change through time. Danthine et al.  allow the representative agent's coefficient of relative risk aversion to vary with the underlying economy's growth rate. Gordon and St-Amour  explain equity premium puzzle by state-dependent risk preferences. Yuan and Chen  show that dynamic risk aversion plays a critical role in the dynamics of asset price fluctuations. Recently, Berrada et al.  consider growth regime-dependent risk aversion of representative agent and examine the effect of regime-dependent preference on the structure of equilibrium.
A time changing risk preference leads to time inconsistent investment strategies. It means that an investor may have an incentive to deviate from the classical optimal strategy which he/she computed at some past time. Let us define the naive strategies as the classical optimal strategies given that the agent does not update his/her risk preferences. The naive strategies cannot be implemented in the absence of a precommitment. In order to overcome the time inconsistency issue, Pirvu and Zhang  and Bjrk and Murgoci  develop a theory for stochastic control problems which are time inconsistent in the sense that they do not admit the Bellman optimality principle; they consider the subgame perfect equilibrium as a substitute for the Bellman optimality principle. In Wu , subgame perfect equilibrium strategies are studied for a multiperiod mean-variance portfolio selection problem with wealth-dependent risk aversion. In our paper, we follow Pirvu and Zhang  in introducing subgame perfect strategies. Subgame perfect strategies denote the strategies obtained from the subgame perfect equilibrium. The corresponding equilibrium price obtained by imposing the market clearing condition with subgame perfect strategies of representative agent is called as subgame perfect equilibrium price. On the other hand, market clearing condition with naive strategies gives naive equilibrium price. The naive equilibrium price is considered as a benchmark price. By comparing the subgame perfect equilibrium price and the naive equilibrium price, the difference and the importance of subgame perfect equilibrium price are highlighted.
The exogenous assets in our model may have stochastic drifts and volatilities and the assets may be correlated. A derivative security is priced in equilibrium within this model. Our main result is an iterative algorithm which yields the subgame perfect equilibrium prices. At each stage the equilibrium prices depend on the current risk aversion level and all previous wealth and risk aversion levels. The algorithm constructs recursively one period pricing kernels. Moreover, the naive equilibrium pricing kernel equals the marginal utility. We prove that the equilibrium pricing measures are martingale measures so the equilibrium prices are arbitrage free.
Numerical experiments shed light into the importance of the pricing principle to find subgame perfect equilibriums price. For the numerical result, we consider a two-state regime switching model (bull and bear markets) and assume that the representative agent becomes more risk averse in the bear market. The result shows that the equilibrium prices (both subgame perfect equilibrium price and naive equilibrium price) are decreasing in risk aversion. It's because the derivative can be regarded as a risky asset so agent's demand for the derivative is reduced if he/she is more risk averse. Since the risk aversions of the agent in two states are different, we may try to approximate the subgame perfect equilibrium price with a new risk aversion, say average risk aversion which is a weighted average of two risk aversion (risk aversions in bull market and bear market) with the steady state probabilities of two states as the weights. However, we find that there is significant gap between the exact subgame perfect equilibrium price and the naive equilibrium price with average risk aversion if the risk aversion in the bear market is much higher than the risk aversion in the bull market. This means that the naive equilibrium price with average risk aversion cannot be a useful estimate of subgame perfect equilibrium price especially when the agent's preference changes a lot depending on the market environment.
We also examine the effect of the number of units of derivatives in the market on the equilibrium prices and we find out that the equilibrium prices are decreasing in number of units of derivatives. This result is consistent with Gârleanu et al.  which examine the effects of demand pressure on option prices. Moreover, it is observed that the gap between the naive equilibrium price with average risk aversion and the subgame perfect equilibrium price gets larger if the number of units of derivatives is large enough. Hence the naive equilibrium price is not a good estimate of the subgame perfect equilibrium price in this case.
The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the model. Section 3 provides the equilibrium pricing valuation. Numerical results are presented in Section 4. Proofs of the results are delegated to an Appendices A, B, and C.
2. The Model
We consider a multi-period stochastic model of investment. The trading horizon is , with an exogenous finite horizon. There are trading dates: , for , and . Let , be a -dimensional binomial random walk on a complete probability space . The random walk is assumed to be symmetric under in the sense that There are three securities available for trading in our model; a money market account, a primary asset (e.g., stock or commodity) and a derivative security. We take the money market account as numeraire, thus it can be assumed to offer zero interest rate. The primary asset price process , follows the difference equation: for some adapted drift process and volatility process which are chosen so that the commodity price remains positive. The derivative security is written on the primary asset and a nontradable underlying which follows the difference equation: for some adapted drift process , volatility process , and a correlation coefficient , with . The two-dimensional process , exogenously given, is referred to as the forward process.
Since the derivative security is to be priced in equilibrium, we have a partial equilibrium model. It is motivated by a situation in which the primary asset and derivative are priced in different markets. As an example, consider energy market and weather derivatives. Although the energy price and weather derivatives are correlated (in California, a high correlation between energy prices and temperature process was observed), energy prices and weather derivative prices are determined in different markets.
2.1. Trading Strategies
Let be the amount invested in the primary asset at time , and let be the number of shares of derivative held at time ; denote , . The value of a self-financed portfolio satisfies the following stochastic difference equation: At maturity, , the representative agent in this economy receives random income , which is adapted. Thus, his/her final wealth is The random income may depend on all the random walks , so it may not be spanned by the existing assets.
2.2. Risk Preferences
The representative agent utility is assumed to be of exponential type, time, and state dependent. The coefficient of absolute risk aversion is a stochastic process , adapted, . More precisely, As we pointed out in Section 1, this modeling approach is not new and consistent with a number of papers that consider time changing, state-dependent risk aversion. The performance of an investment strategy is measured by the expected utility criterion applied to the final wealth; that is, the optimization criterion at time is given by Here , is given by (5), and denotes the set of admissible trading strategies:
2.3. Naive Strategies
The naive strategies are the classical optimal strategies given that the risk preferences are not updated. More precisely is a naive strategy if it satisfies They fail to remain optimal at later times , in the sense that
2.4. Subgame Perfect Strategies
In this section, we introduce the subgame perfect strategies by following Pirvu and Zhang . First, let us consider the time period (recall that ). At time consider the optimization problem: In our model in is attained and we denote On the time period , consider trading strategies be of the form: for an arbitrary adapted control such that ; consider the optimization problem In our model in is attained and we denote Further we proceed iteratively. On the time period one restricts to trading strategies of the form: for an arbitrary adapted control such that . Consider the optimization problem The in is attained and we denote The subgame perfect strategy is .
2.5. Subgame Perfect Strategies versus Naive Strategies
Let us recall that time inconsistency in this model is due to time changing, state-dependent risk aversion. Indeed in the case of constant risk aversion, the subgame perfect strategies and the naive strategies coincide; that is, . In general, it is hard to show that the subgame perfect strategy outperforms the naive strategy. We show that this is the case if the risk preferences are updated in the following two period models. Let us assume that , and only one asset is available for trading (the primary asset with constant drift and volatility). It is claimed that Indeed in this model it can be shown that , and hence . By the definition of the subgame perfect strategies, we have (16).
3. Equilibrium Valuation
We assume that there exists a representative agent with risk preferences given by (6). The representative agent trades and in order to maximize the expected utility of his/her final wealth. This can be achieved by the naive strategy if the representative agent does not update his/her risk preferences. Otherwise, the subgame perfect strategy will be used. Thus, depending on whether or not the representative agent updates his/her risk preferences, we introduce two notions of equilibrium prices: subgame perfect equilibrium price and naive equilibrium price. They are given by the market clearing condition in the formal definition below.
Definition 1. Given the terminal payoff and units of derivative, is the subgame perfect equilibrium price if and only if for every . Likewise, is the naive equilibrium price if and only if for every .
This simply says that there is units of derivative in the market and it is priced such that “it is optimal” for the representative agent to acquire it. The interest of the representative agent in holding the derivative comes from the fact that the primary asset is correlated with the nontradable asset which is an underlying of the derivative. Moreover, agent's income is assumed to be related to the nontradable asset ; thus, the risk of income fluctuations due to can be hedged by trading . Let , given by be the market price of risk (MPR) for the primary asset which is assumed positive. We choose time length small enough such that .
Remark 2. For the naive equilibrium price to be implemented the representative agent has to exhibit the same risk aversion throughout time. This may not be realistic since different factors (e.g., economic and financial) may change the risk preference of the representative agent. In the light of this, the naive equilibrium price can be seen as a benchmark price. A more realistic price is the subgame perfect equilibrium price; this, unlike the naive equilibrium price, takes into account the changes of the representative agent's risk aversion.
3.1. Single Period
Define and .
Theorem 3. The subgame perfect equilibrium price at time is given by where the probability measure is defined by The pricing kernel is with The optimal trading strategy is given by
Proof. Proof of this theorem is done in Appendix A.
Remark 4. For the naive equilibrium price just replace with in the above formulas.
Next we prove that the probability measure is a martingale measure so the subgame perfect equilibrium price is arbitrage-free (similarly it can be shown that the naive equilibrium price is arbitrage free).
Lemma 5. The tradable assets and are martingales under .
Proof. is martingale under by definition. Next we show that is martingale under . It suffices to prove that with This is the case if When , (26) is equivalent to and this completes the proof.
3.2. Multiple Periods
Let us define the sets and ; to ease notations, let us denote for every . The equilibrium prices are computed by a recursive algorithm. Imagine that the equilibrium prices after were found and now we want to find the equilibrium price at . At time , define the random variables and by Here for any ; the subgame perfect strategy is given by Moreover for any ; the naive strategy is given by Next, define the one-step period pricing kernels and by Here
Remark 6. Notice that , defined by (30), is the certainty equivalent at time of the naive strategy which does not update the risk aversion and assumes constant risk aversion . Similarly, can be seen as the certainty equivalent of the subgame perfect strategy with updating risk preference over time. In the special case of constant coefficient of absolute risk aversion, and are equal. Furthermore, it can be easily seen that where is the change of self-financed portfolio value during the time period , so that can be used to find out the values of . However, we can observe that because the risk aversion changes over time in the definition of in (29). More precisely, is defined with , while is defined with which can be different from . Therefore, all possible future changes of risk aversion until the time horizon should be considered to compute the value of . Moreover, the pricing kernel in (35) for subgame perfect equilibrium price contains as well as . As a consequence, all possible future changes of risk aversion should be examined to find the pricing kernel .
Remark 7. The myopic term in in (32) is and in is . Moreover, it can be verified that they satisfy respectively. Notice that the right-hand sides of (41) are the well-known myopic term of the optimal investment strategy with constant absolute risk aversion in continuous time model. The only difference in (40) with subgame perfect strategy is that the risk aversion is updated; that is, is used, while it is not in the naive strategy (41). The second terms of (32) and (34) are hedging terms which take into account the other factors, such as investment in derivative, stochastic parameters of underlying processes, income, and stochastic risk aversion (in case of subgame perfect strategy).
The following theorem is the main result of the paper.
Theorem 8. The subgame perfect equilibrium price at time is given by where the probability measure is defined by The subgame perfect strategy (in the primary asset) is , with defined by (32). The naive equilibrium price at time is given by where the probability measure is defined by The naive strategy (in the primary asset) is , with defined by (34).
Proof. Proof of this theorem is done in Appendix B.
For the naive equilibrium price, we recover the following classical result.
Corollary 9. The pricing kernel for naive equilibrium price equals the marginal utility; that is, where , and (see (5)) is the wealth obtained by naive strategies.
Proof. Proof of this corollary is done in Appendix C.
Lemma 10. The tradable assets and are martingales under .
Proof. It can be proved by following similar argument to the proof of Lemma 5.
4. Numerical Results
Throughout this section, we specialize to a regime switching model. A discrete time finite state homogeneous Markov chain (MC) is defined on and it takes values in the state space (which represents two states of the market: bull and bear). The -step transition matrix , is defined by where when ; otherwise . We assume that the distribution of is known, and The risk aversion is changed depending on the state and denoted by
In this section we give a concrete example. Consider the electricity industry one of the most weather-sensitive businesses in the economy. Energy price and temperature are denoted by and , respectively. When the temperature increases, there is a higher demand for electricity due to the usage of air conditioners. In turn this will lead to higher energy prices. Therefore, and are assumed to be positively correlated. In our model an energy provider hedges the weather exposure by selling shares of weather derivative to the representative agent. This derivative is designed to have a higher payoff when temperature is high (e.g., call option). It is supposed that the representative agent's income depends on the weather, so he/she has an incentive to buy this product because of his/her income exposure to the weather. Moreover, weather derivative also allows the representative agent to construct a more diversified portfolio. The baseline parameters are One-step transition matrix is given by Notice that is the normalized temperature. The income of the agent is assumed to be exponential function of to prevent negative income. However, our result in this section still can be obtained if we use different models for income (e.g., linear function of ). Since the income is decreasing in , the agent has an incentive to have long position in which is impossible because is a nontradable asset. Instead, there is a demand for which is a call option on nontradable asset . Letting with means weekly rebalancing of portfolio throughout a year. In fact, equilibrium price changes if we consider large . However, the change of price is very small (less than even if we consider ) so we may only focus on the results with .
Let be the subgame perfect equilibrium price of at time with and time changing risk aversion. Likewise, is the subgame perfect equilibrium price of at time with . It is natural to define as the naive prices of at time with risk aversion . Recall that this naive price ignores the time changing risk aversion of the agent.
4.1. Effect of Risk Aversion
First of all, let us consider the effect of risk aversion on the naive equilibrium price. As we can see in Figure 1, the naive equilibrium price decreases as risk aversion increases. This is intuitive because the derivative is also a risky asset and there is a less demand for risky asset if the agent is more risk averse. A lower demand for leads to a lower naive equilibrium price as a result. In sum, a higher risk aversion results in a lower naive equilibrium price.
Therefore, if we consider the naive prices and for different risk aversions and which satisfy , we have From (51), we can infer that if , the subgame perfect equilibrium prices and are in between and ; that is, In Figure 1, we can verify the inequalities in (52).
Let be the weighted average of and with steady-state probabilities and of states and as weights; that is, Consider the naive equilibrium price with , and then a question arises. Is the naive equilibrium price a good estimate of the subgame perfect equilibrium prices and ? If the gap between and the subgame perfect equilibrium prices is small enough, we may use the naive equilibrium price instead of the subgame perfect equilibrium prices. However, the answer is no because the gap is considerable for many cases.
In Figure 2, is fixed at and we examine the changes of equilibrium prices as changes. The left panel shows the equilibrium prices; the solid line is , the dashed line is , and the dotted line is . In the right panel, percentage changes from are illustrated; that is, We can observe that there are significant gaps between the naive equilibrium price and the subgame perfect equilibrium prices and for large enough , and the gaps become wider as increases. This implies that if the agent becomes much more risk averse in the bear market than in the bull market, the naive equilibrium price with cannot be a good estimate of the subgame perfect equilibrium prices and thus the subgame perfect equilibrium prices should be derived using our pricing principle.
4.2. Effect of
Now we examine the effect of , the number of units of derivative in the market, on the equilibrium prices.
It is observed that the equilibrium prices (both subgame perfect and naive) are decreasing with respect to in the left panel of Figure 3. This is a consistent result with Gârleanu et al. . They considered a derivative market with two participants: representative dealer and end users. End users' aggregate demand for derivative is assumed to be a random variable. On the contrary, dealer's demand for derivative is optimally determined by utility maximization. The market clearing condition is . Their result is Notice that as decreases, there are more derivatives which should be purchased by representative dealer to achieve market clearing. So the decreasing in Gârleanu et al.  corresponds to increasing in our model. Therefore, our result is consistent with (55). Moreover, as we can observe in the right panel of Figure 3, the gaps between the subgame perfect equilibrium prices and and the naive equilibrium price is considerable for large enough .
We consider a multiperiod incomplete market model with tradable risky asset, nontradable underlying and contingent claim (derivative) written on both tradable risky asset, and nontradable underlying. We develop an equilibrium pricing principle for the derivative; the price of the derivative is priced by combining the optimal strategies of representative agent and market clearing condition for the derivative. Since the agent's risk aversion is assumed to be stochastic, classical approach with precommitment gives the naive strategies and the naive equilibrium price which do not update the change of risk preference. Alternatively, we consider the subgame perfect strategies and derive the corresponding subgame perfect equilibrium price. We consider two-state regime switching model for numerical experiments. Then the numerical result shows that naive equilibrium price cannot be a good estimate for subgame perfect equilibrium price in many cases. In particular, if the representative agent's risk aversion changes a lot depending on regime or the number of units of derivative we consider is large, then the gap between naive equilibrium price and subgame perfect equilibrium price is considerable. This shows the importance of our subgame perfect equilibrium pricing principle.
A. Proof of Theorem 3
From (4) and (5), it follows that where Recall that and . The function has the following properties: For a fixed , it follows that for small By arbitrage argument it follows that belongs to the interval where ranges over the set of probability measures. Consequently, Thus, the sets and have positive probability. This implies that From the above analysis, it follows that the minimum of the function of is a critical point. First order conditions lead to Recall that for an equilibrium pricing measure to be found. Since is measurable, it follows that By the equilibrium condition . This together with leads to Combing the above equations leads to This together with (A.9) implies that Thus, the equilibrium price is where was defined in (22).
B. Proof of Theorem 8
We will prove the result for the subgame perfect equilibrium price; the proof for the naive equilibrium price is similar and hence omitted. First consider the time period , and choose an arbitrary control as follows: From it follows that Here for , with and . Arguing as in the one period case we get From arbitrage considerations it follows that where is the set of probability measures. Thus so the sets and have positive probability. Consequently, it follows that Therefore the minimum of is a critical point. Hence By direct calculation, we verify that the subgame perfect strategy is