Insurers' Insolvency Prediction Using Random Forest Classification

Posted: 8 Dec 2013 Last revised: 22 Feb 2015

See all articles by Anastasia V. Kartasheva

Anastasia V. Kartasheva

University of St. Gallen - I.VW-HSG; Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investment Program; Swiss Finance Institute

Mikhail Traskin


Date Written: December 7, 2013


This paper uses a modification of the Random Forest classification algorithm to predict insolvency of insurers. RF orders companies according to their propensity to default. We show that RF methodology delivers higher quality of prediction compared to other existing methods. In addition, RF classification can be used to gather further insights about the fragile companies. It ranks the explanatory variables in the order of their ability to predict insolvency. Also it is used to describe the relationship between the propensity to default and the individual characteristics of an insurer. We show that many of these relationships are highly non-linear.

Keywords: property-casualty insurance, insolvency prediction, Random Forest Classification

JEL Classification: C14, C44, G17, G22, G32

Suggested Citation

Kartasheva, Anastasia V. and Traskin, Mikhail, Insurers' Insolvency Prediction Using Random Forest Classification (December 7, 2013). Available at SSRN:

Anastasia V. Kartasheva (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen - I.VW-HSG ( email )

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St. Gallen, 9010

Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investment Program ( email )

The Wharton School
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Swiss Finance Institute ( email )

c/o University of Geneva
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CH-1211 Geneva 4

Mikhail Traskin

Independent ( email )

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