Spectral Risk Measures: Properties and Limitations
AbstractSpectral risk measures (SRMs) are risk measures that take account of user riskaversion, but to date there has been little guidance on the choice of utility function underlying them. This paper addresses this issue by examining alternative approaches based on exponential and power utility functions. A number of problems are identified with both types of spectral risk measure. The general lesson is that users of spectral risk measures must be careful to select utility functions that fit the features of the particular problems they are dealing with, and should be especially careful when using power SRMs.
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Other versions of this item:
- Kevin Dowd & John Cotter & Ghulam Sorwar, 2008. "Spectral Risk Measures: Properties and Limitations," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 61-75, August.
- Kevin Dowd & John Cotter & Ghulam Sorwar, 2010. "Spectral Risk Measures: Properties and Limitations," Working Papers 200839, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
- G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-04-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-RMG-2011-04-09 (Risk Management)
- NEP-UPT-2011-04-09 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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