Arbitrage-Free Markets and the Pricing Kernel

  • Erik Lüders
Part of the ZEW Economic Studies book series (ZEW, volume 24)


One of the basic assumptions in finance is that markets are free of arbitrage possibilities Since arbitrage implies the creation of wealth out of nothing, it seems obvious that such possibilities should be rare in financial markets. Thus, our theoretical approach assumes that markets are arbitrage-free For the technical definition of arbitrage-free markets let us first introduce the market setting.


Asset Price Trading Strategy Risky Asset Price Kernel Equivalent Martingale Measure 
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    The analysis in this Chapter can be easily extended to n-dimensional Brownian motions However, little more insights would be gained at the cost of a more difficult notation.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Lüders
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  1. 1.Dépt. de Finance et Assurance Pavillon Palais-PrinceUniversité LavalQuébec (Quebec)Canada

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