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Methods for estimating optimal Dickson and Waters modification dividend barrier

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  • Liu, Zaiming
  • Li, Manman
  • Ameer, Sherbaz
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    In applications of collective risk theory, complete information for the distribution of individual claims amount is often unknown, but reliable estimates of its first few moments may be available. Dickson and Waters [Dickson, D.C.M. and Waters, H.R., (2004) Some optimal dividends problems, Astin Bulletin, 34, 49-74.] pointed out that shareholders should be liable to cover the deficit at ruin. Thus, they considered b* the level of the barrier that maximizes the expectation of the difference between the discounted dividends until ruin and the discounted deficit at ruin. For such a situation, this paper develops methods for estimating the Dickson-Waters modification for the optimal dividend barrier b* with the expectation of discounted penalty at ruin. In particular, two De Vylder approximations are explained, and the diffusion approximation for the expectation of discounted penalty at ruin is examined. For several claim amount distributions, the approximate values are compared numerically with exact values.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 886-892

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:26:y:2009:i:5:p:886-892

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    Keywords: Barrier strategies Dickson and Waters modification Discounted penalty function De Vylder approximations Diffusion approximations;

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    1. Li, Shuanming & Garrido, Jose, 2004. "On a class of renewal risk models with a constant dividend barrier," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 691-701, December.
    2. Gerber, Hans U. & Shiu, Elias S.W. & Smith, Nathaniel, 2008. "Methods for estimating the optimal dividend barrier and the probability of ruin," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 243-254, February.
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