From Power Curves to Discriminative Power: Measuring Model Performance of LGD Models
22 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 18, 2017
Measuring model performance of rating systems is a major task for banks. The concept of discrimination, i.e. the discriminative power, is used in credit risk modeling to assess the quality of a risk model concerning the separation of extreme events. For PD models CAP (Cumulative Accuracy Profile ) or ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic) curves are used to build a quantity called Accuracy Ratio, which is used to measure the discriminative power. These ideas are well known and broadly used in practice. Although such a measure is also desirable for models of the loss given default (LGD models), it is not documented in the literature. In this note we close this gap. We develop a measure for the discriminative power of LGD models based on Lorenz curves. We study first properties and introduce some alternatives for its calculation from a practical point of view.
Keywords: LGD Model, Discriminative Power, Lorenz Curve, Gini Index, Validation
JEL Classification: G21, C52
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