401-4935-63L  Equilibrium Models in Financial Economics

Semester Autumn Semester 2013
Lecturers J. Muhle-Karbe
Periodicity non-recurring course
Language of instruction English


Abstract In Mathematical Finance, asset prices are typically assumed to be given exogenously. This leads to tractable models that are well-suited to study the behavior of individual agents. However, policy regulations like the introduction of a transaction tax influence the whole market. To study their impact, one therefore has to turn to models where prices are determined endogenously in equilibrium.
Objective Introduction to equilibrium models:
1) Understand the conceptual ideas.
2) Learn about technical tools.
3) Gain overview over problems that can be studied and solutions that can be obtained using equilibrium models.
Content This course provides an introduction to the equilibrium models prevalent in Financial Economics. We will start by studying optimization problems for individual investors, and then move towards equilibrium prices, determined so that supply matches demand. The initial focus will be on conceptual issues in simple one-period models, before moving to more general settings in continuous time.
Lecture notes No.
Literature Will be pointed out in the lecture.
Prerequisites / Notice Foundations for Mathematical Finance, Itô calculus.