We provide a complete characterisation of the Root solution to the Skorokhod embedding problem (SEP) by means of an optimal stopping formulation. Our methods are purely probabilistic and the analysis relies on a tailored time-reversal argument. This approach allows us to address the long-standing question of a multiple marginals extension of the Root solution of the SEP. Our main result establishes a complete solution to the n-marginal SEP using first hitting times of barrier sets by the time–space process. The barriers are characterised by means of a recursive sequence of optimal stopping problems. Moreover, we prove that our solution enjoys a global optimality property extending the one-marginal Root case. Our results hold for general, one-dimensional, martingale diffusions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty