Model Risk and Disappointment Aversion
60 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2018 Last revised: 1 Oct 2019
Date Written: August 27, 2019
Extensions of expected utility theory are sensitive to the tail behavior of the portfolio return distribution and may not be approximated reliably through higher-order moment expansions.
We develop a novel approach for model risk assessment based on a projection method and apply it to portfolio construction. We provide an extensive out-of-sample analysis to explore the economic gains of incorporating non-normality about financial asset returns into utility maximization with the generalized disappointment aversion (GDA) preferences. We find that the marginal utility gains of the optimal portfolio of a GDA investor are remarkably robust to misspecifications in the marginal distributions but are very sensitive to the structural assumption of stock returns implemented through a factor model.
Keywords: model risk, choice under uncertainty, optimal portfolios, generalized disappointment aversion, higher-order moments
JEL Classification: C5, G12
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