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Financial Economics
Introduction to the Economics and Mathematics of Financial Markets

Authors: Jaksa Cvitanic, Fernando Zapatero
Editions: The MIT Press
Pages: 516 pages
Date: March 2004
 
 
 
Summary
Introduction to the Economics and Mathematics of Financial Markets fills the longstanding need for an accessible yet serious textbook treatment of financial economics. The book provides a rigorous overview of the subject, while its flexible presentation makes it suitable for use with different levels of undergraduate and graduate students. Each chapter presents mathematical models of financial problems at three different degrees of sophistication: single-period, multi-period, and continuous-time. The single-period and multi-period models require only basic calculus and an introductory probability/statistics course, while an advanced undergraduate course in probability is helpful in understanding the continuous-time models. In this way, the material is given complete coverage at different levels; the less advanced student can stop before the more sophisticated mathematics and still be able to grasp the general principles of financial economics.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part provides an introduction to basic securities and financial market organization, the concept of interest rates, the main mathematical models, and quantitative ways to measure risks and rewards. The second part treats option pricing and hedging; here and throughout the book, the authors emphasize the Martingale or probabilistic approach. Finally, the third part examines equilibrium models—a subject often neglected by other texts in financial mathematics, but included here because of the qualitative insight it offers into the behavior of market participants and pricing.

About the Authors:

Jaska Cvitanic is Professor of Mathematics and Economics at the University of Southern California. He is currently Affiliate Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School.

Fernando Zapatero is Assistant Professor of Finance at the Marshall School of Business and in the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California.