Estimating Quantile Families of Loss Distributions for Non-Life Insurance Modelling via L-Moments

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Gareth Peters

Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, Heriot-Watt University; University College London - Department of Statistical Science; University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Systemic Risk Centre; University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Science

Wilson Chen

University of Sydney Business School

Richard H. Gerlach

University of Sydney

Date Written: February 28, 2016

Abstract

This paper discusses different classes of loss models in non-life insurance settings. It then overviews the class Tukey transform loss models that have not yet been widely considered in non-life insurance modelling, but offer opportunities to produce flexible skewness and kurtosis features often required in loss modelling. In addition, these loss models admit explicit quantile specifications which make them directly relevant for quantile based risk measure calculations. We detail various parameterizations and sub-families of the Tukey transform based models, such as the g-and-h, g-and-k and g-and-j models, including their properties of relevance to loss modelling.

One of the challenges with such models is to perform robust estimation for the loss model parameters that will be amenable to practitioners when fitting such models. In this paper we develop a novel, efficient and robust estimation procedure for estimation of model parameters in this family Tukey transform models, based on L-moments. It is shown to be more robust and efficient than current state of the art methods of estimation for such families of loss models and is simple to implement for practical purposes.

Keywords: Non-life Insurance, Claims Modelling, Quantile Models, g-and-h, g-and-k, g-and-j, loss modelling

JEL Classification: C13, G22

Suggested Citation

Peters, Gareth and Chen, Wilson and Gerlach, Richard H., Estimating Quantile Families of Loss Distributions for Non-Life Insurance Modelling via L-Moments (February 28, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2739417

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