On moments of integral exponential functionals of additive processes

On moments of integral exponential functionals of additive processes

Paavo Salminen
Åbo Akademi University,
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
FIN-20500 Åbo, Finland,
   Lioudmila Vostrikova
Université d’Angers,
Département de Mathématiques,
F-49045 Angers Cedex 01, France,

Let be a real-valued additive process. In this paper we study the integral exponential functionals of namely, the functionals of the form

Our main interest is focused on the moments of of order In case the Laplace exponent of exists for positive values of the parameter, we derive a recursive (in ) integral equation for the moments. This yields a multiple integral formula for the entire positive moments of . From these results emerges an easy-to-apply sufficient condition for the finiteness of all the entire moments of . The corresponding formulas for Lévy processes are also presented. As examples we discuss the finiteness of the moments of when is the first hit process associated with a diffusion. In particular, we discuss Bessel processes and geometric Brownian motions.

Keywords: Additive process, process with independent increments, Lévy process, subordinator, first hitting time, diffusion, Bessel process, geometric Brownian motion

AMS Classification: 60J75, 60J60. 60E10

1 Introduction

Let be a real valued additive process, i.e., a strong Markov process with independent increments having càdlàg sample paths which are continuous in probability (cf. Sato [15] p.3). Important examples of additive processes are:

(a)   Deterministic time transformations of Lévy processes, that is, if is a Lévy process and is an increasing continuous function such that then is an additive process.

(b)   Integrals of deterministic functions with respect to a Lévy process, that is, if is a Lévy process and is a measurable function then

is an additive process.

(c)   First hit processes of one-dimensional diffusions, that is, if is a diffusion taking values in starting from 0, and drifting to then

is an additive process.

Of course, Lévy processes themselves constitute a large and important class of additive processes.

The basic tool in our analysis is the Laplace exponent of The structure of this is revealed in the the Lévy-Khintchine representation of the infinitely divisible distribution of We recall this briefly from Sato [15] Theorem 9.8 p.52. Therein the characteristic function of is given as follows



is continuous, is continuous and non-decreasing, and is a measure on such that


   for all and

   for all and

   for all with

Notice that since is assumed to be continuous in probability it follows that is for all continuous.

The aim of this paper is to study integral exponential functionals of i.e., functionals of the form


in particular, the moments of We refer also to a companion paper [12] where stochastic calculus is used to study the Mellin transforms of when the underlying additive process is a semi martingale with absolutely continuous characteristics.

The main result of the paper is a recursive equation, see (7) in Theorem 2.3, which generalizes the formula for Lévy processes presented in Urbanik [16] Example 3.4 p.309 and Carmona, Petit and Yor [4] Proposition 3.3 p.87, see also Bertoin and Yor [2] Section 3.1 p.195. This formula for Lévy processes is also displayed below in (18). In Epifani, Lijoi and Prünster [7] an extension of the Lévy process formula to integral functionals up to of increasing additive processes is discussed, and their formula (7) in Proposition 5 p.798 can be seen as a special case of our formula (15) – as we found out after finishing our work. Such an extension is also indicated in [2] on p.196. In spite of these closely related results we feel that it is worthwhile to provide a more thorough discussion of this interesting topic. We also give new (to our best knowledge ) applications of the formulas for first hit processes of diffusions and present explicit results for Bessel processes and geometric Brownian motions.

In mathematical finance the interest in integral exponential functionals is coming from the studies of perpetuities containing liabilities, perpetuities under the influence of economical factors (see, for example, Kardaras and Robertson [11]), and also of pricing Asian options and related questions (see, for instance, Dufresne [6], Carr and Wu [5], Jeanblanc, Yor, Chesney [9] and references therein). We refer to the survey paper [2] for further results, potential applications, and many references, in particular, for Lévy processes but also for additive processes. For applications of increasing additive processes in Bayesian statistics we refer to [7] and references therein. Additive processes can also be found in representations of self-decompasable laws, see Sato [14] and Jeanblanc, Pitman and Yor [10].

The paper is structured as follows. Next section contains the main results of the paper. In particular, the recursive equation for the entire moments is established. We also give formulas for Lévy processes. The paper is concluded with examples on first hitting time processes. It is proved that for Bessel processes drifting to the integral exponential functional of the first hit process has all the moments and for geometric Brownian motion the corresponding functional has only some moments.

2 Main results

Let be an additive process and define for and



In this section we derive a recursive integral equation for under the following assumption:

(A) has for all a finite Laplace exponent for positive values of the parameter, that is, there exists for all and for all a function such that




If is a Lévy process we write (with a slight abuse of the notation) formula (4) as


The functions and are clearly connected as As pointed out in Introduction, is continuous and, therefore also is continuous. This property has an important – obvious – consequence formulated in the next lemma which is easily proved, e.g., with Jensen’s inequality.

Lemma 2.1.

Under assumption (A), for it holds for all

Assumption (A) is valid, in particular, for increasing additive processes. Important examples of these are the first hit processes for diffusions (cf. (c) in Introduction). Moments of exponential functionals of some first hit processes are discussed in the next section. Assumption (A) holds also for additive processes of type (a) in Introduction if the underlying Lévy process fullfills Assumption (A).

Remark 2.2.

In the case when is a semi-martingale with absolutely continuous characteristics, the sufficient condition (see Proposition 1 in [12]) for the existence of the Laplace exponent as in Assumption (A) in terms of the measure is as follows: for and

The main result of the paper is given in the next theorem. In the proof we are using similar ideas as in [4].

Theorem 2.3.

For and the moments are finite and satisfy the recursive equation


We start with by introducing the shifted functional via



and we have


The independence of increments implies that and are independent. Hence,


Clearly, a.s. when Hence, applying monotone convergence in (9) yields


Putting (9) and (10) together results to the equation


From (8) evoking the independence of and we have


Finally, using (12) in (11) and recalling (4) yields (7). The claim that is finite follows by induction from the recursive equation (7) and Lemma 2.1. ∎

Remark 2.4.

In [12] the recursive equation (7) is derived via stochastic calculus in case the additive process is a semimartingale with absolutely continuous characteristics.

Corollary 2.5.

Let be a Lévy process with the Laplace exponent as in (6). Then the recursive equation (7) for and is equivalent with


Put in (7) to obtain



Subsituting this expression in (14) and changing variables yield the claimed equation. ∎

For positive integer values on the recursive equation (7) can be solved explicitly to obtain the formula (15) in the next proposition. However, we offer another proof highlighting the symmetry properties present in the expressions of the moments of the exponential functional.

Proposition 2.6.

For and it holds


In particular, if and only if the multiple integral on the right hand side of (15) is finite.


Let and consider

where, in the third step, we use that is symmetric. By the independence of the increments



we have

Using here (5) yields the claimed formula (15). The statement concerning the finiteness of follows by applying the monotone convergence theorem as on both sides of (15). ∎

In the next corollary we give a sufficient condition for to be finite for all .

Corollary 2.7.

Variable has all the positive moments if


for all .


From (15) we have


The right hand side of (17) is finite if (16) holds. Let in (17). By monotone convergence, and the claim is proved. ∎

Formula (18) below extends the corresponding formula for subordinators found [16], see also [2] p.195, for Lévy processes satisfying Assumption (A). It is a straightforward implification of Proposition 2.6.

Corollary 2.8.

Let be a Lévy process with the Laplace exponent as in (6) and define Then



Example 2.9.

A much studied functional is obtained when taking with where is a standard Brownian motion. In the papers by Dufresne [6] and Yor [17] (see also Salminen and Yor [13]) it is proved that


where is the first hitting time of 0 for a Bessel process of dimension starting from and means ”is identical in law with”. In particular, it holds


where is a gamma-distributed random variable with rate 1 and shape We refer to [6] for a discussion showing how the functional on the left hand side of (19) arises as the present value of a perpetuity in a discrete model after a limiting procedure. Since the Lévy exponent in this case is

the criterium in Corollary 2.8 yields

which readily can also be checked from (20).

3 First hit processes of one-dimensional diffusions

We recall first some facts concerning the first hitting times of one-dimensional (or linear) diffusions. Let now be a linear diffusion taking values in an interval To fix ideas assume that equals or or and that


Assume and consider for the first hitting time

Defining it is easily seen – since is a strong Markov process – that is an increasing purely discontinuous additive process starting from 0. Moreover, from assumption (21) it follows that a.s. for all The process satisfies Assumption (A) in Section 2. Indeed, using the well known characterization of the Laplace transform of we have


where is the expectation associated with starting from and is a unique (up to a multiple) positive and increasing solution of the ODE


satisfying the appropriate boundary condition at in case and is reflecting. In (23) denotes the differential operator associated with In the absolutely continuous case is of the form

where and are continuous functions. For details about diffusions (and further references), see Itô and McKean [8], and [3]. The Laplace transform of can also be represented as follows


where is the scale function, and is a kernel such that for all and

Representation (24) clearly reveals the structure of as a process with independent increments. Comparing with the notation in Introduction, we have

From (22) and (24) we may conclude that


We now pass to present examples of exponential functionals of first hit processes. Firstly, we study Bessel processes satisfying (21) and show, in particular, that the exponential functional of the first hit process has all the moments. In our second example it is seen that the exponential functional of the first hit process of geometric Brownian motion has only finitely many moments depending on the values of the parameters.

Example 3.1.

Bessel processes. Let be a Bessel process starting from . The differential operator associated with is given by

where is called the dimension parameter. From [3] we extract the following information

   for the boundary point is entrance-not-exit and (21) holds,

   for the boundary point is non-singular and (21) holds when the boundary condition at is reflection,

   for (21) does not hold.

In case when (21) is valid the Laplace exponent for the first hit process is given for and by


where is the expectation associated with when started from and denotes the modified Bessel function of the first kind. For simplicity, we wish to study the exponential functional of when To find the Laplace exponent when we let in (26). For this, recall that for



The validity of (16), that is, the finiteness of the positive moments, can now be checked by exploiting the asymptotic behaviour of saying that for all (see Abramowitz and Stegun [1], 9.7.1 p.377)


Indeed, for

which clearly is integrable at Consequently, by Corollary 2.7, the integral functional

has all the (positive) moments.

Example 3.2.

Geometric Brownian motion. Let be a geometric Brownian motion with parameters and , i.e.,

where is a standard Brownian motion initiated at 0. Since a.s. when it follows

    a.s if

    a.s if

    and a.s. if

Consequently, condition (21) is valid if and only if Since we consider the first hitting times of the points Consider

We assume now that and Let Then is identical in law with the first hitting time of for Brownian motion with drift starting from 0. Consequently, letting we have for

where is the expectation associated with when started from 1 and

is the increasing fundamental solution for Brownian motion with drift (see [3] p.132). Notice that the additive process is a deterministic time change of the first hit process of Brownian motion with drift, which is a subordinator. We use now Proposition 2.6 to study the moments of the perpetual integral functional

To simply the notation (cf. (3.2)) introduce

By formula (15) the th moment is given by


Condition (16) in Corollary 2.7 takes in this case the form


This being a sufficient condition for the finiteness of we have


Consider now the case Then


i.e., smaller the volatility (i.e. ) more moments of exist, as expected. Moreover, in this case


showing, in particular, that when is “small” there exist ”many” satisfying (32) but not (33).

Acknowledgement. This research was partially supported by Defimath project of the Research Federation of ”Mathématiques des Pays de la Loire”, by PANORisk project ”Pays de la Loire” region, and by the Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, Finland.


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