
Contreras, M., Pellicer, R., Villena, M., & Ruiz, A. (2010). A quantum model of option pricing: When BlackScholes meets Schrodinger and its semiclassical limit. Physica A, 389(23), 5447–5459.
Abstract: The BlackScholes equation can be interpreted from the point of view of quantum mechanics, as the imaginary time Schrodinger equation of a free particle. When deviations of this state of equilibrium are considered, as a product of some market imperfection, such as: Transaction cost, asymmetric information issues, shortterm volatility, extreme discontinuities, or serial correlations; the classical nonarbitrage assumption of the BlackScholes model is violated, implying a nonriskfree portfolio. From Haven (2002) [1] we know that an arbitrage environment is a necessary condition to embedding the BlackScholes option pricing model in a more general quantum physics setting. The aim of this paper is to propose a new BlackScholesSchrodinger model based on the endogenous arbitrage option pricing formulation introduced by Contreras et al. (2010) [2]. Hence, we derive a more general quantum model of option pricing, that incorporates arbitrage as an external time dependent force, which has an associated potential related to the random dynamic of the underlying asset price. This new resultant model can be interpreted as a Schrodinger equation in imaginary time for a particle of mass 1/sigma(2) with a wave function in an external field force generated by the arbitrage potential. As pointed out above, this new model can be seen as a more general formulation, where the perfect market equilibrium state postulated by the BlackScholes model represent a particular case. Finally, since the Schrodinger equation is in place, we can apply semiclassical methods, of common use in theoretical physics, to find an approximate analytical solution of the BlackScholes equation in the presence of market imperfections, as it is the case of an arbitrage bubble. Here, as a numerical illustration of the potential of this Schrodinger equation analogy, the semiclassical approximation is performed for different arbitrage bubble forms (step, linear and parabolic) and compare with the exact solution of our general quantum model of option pricing. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

