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G. Angelopoulos, D. Giamouridis, and G. Nikolakakis, “Stock Return Predictability of Cross-Market Deviations in Option Prices and Credit Default Swap Spreads,” (Athens University of Economics and Business, 24 January, 2012).

G. Angelopoulos, D. Giamouridis, and G. Nikolakakis, “Stock Return Predictability of Cross-Market Deviations in Option Prices and Credit Default Swap Spreads,” (Athens University of Economics and Business, 24 January, 2012).

Abstract: This paper develops a framework to estimate the probability of default (PD) implied in listed stock options. The underlying option pricing model measures PD as the intensity of the jump diffusion that the underlying stock price becomes zero. We adopt a two stage calibration algorithm to obtain the precise estimator of PD. In the calibration procedure, we improve the fitness of the option pricing model via the implementation of the time inhomogeneous term structure model in the option pricing model. As the term structure model perfectly fits the actual term structure, we resolve the estimation bias caused by the poor fitness of the time homogeneous term structure model. It is demonstrated that the PD estimator from listed stock options can provide meaningful insights on the pricing of credit derivatives like credit default swap.