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Keywords:

  • linear-quadratic models;
  • affine models;
  • jump-diffusions;
  • standard transform;
  • option pricing

We aim at accommodating the existing affine jump-diffusion and quadratic models under the same roof, namely the linear-quadratic jump-diffusion (LQJD) class. We give a complete characterization of the dynamics of this class by stating explicitly the structural constraints, as well as the admissibility conditions. This allows us to carry out a specification analysis for the three-factor LQJD models. We compute the standard transform of the state vector relevant to asset pricing up to a system of ordinary differential equations. We show that the LQJD class can be embedded into the affine class using an augmented state vector. This establishes a one-to-one equivalence relationship between both classes in terms of transform analysis.