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Beyond the Sample: Extreme Quantile and Probability Estimation

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  • Jón Daníelsson

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    (London School of Economics, University of Iceland)

  • Casper G. de Vries

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Abstract

Economic problems such as large claims analysis in insurance and value-at-risk in finance, requireassessment of the probability P of extreme realizations Q. This paper provided a semi-parametricmethod for estimation of extreme (P, Q) combinations for data with heavy tails. We solve the longstanding problem of estimating the sample treshold of where the tail of the distribution starts. This isaccomplished by the combination of a control variate type device and a subsample bootstrap technique.The subsample bootstrap attains convergence in probability, whereas the full sample bootstrap wouldonly provide convergence in distribution. This permits a complete and comprehensive treatment ofextreme (P, Q) estimation.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 98-016/2.

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Date of creation: 16 Feb 1998
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19980016

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Keywords: Extreme value theory; tail estimation; risk analysis;

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  1. Jansen, Dennis W & de Vries, Casper G, 1991. "On the Frequency of Large Stock Returns: Putting Booms and Busts into Perspective," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 73(1), pages 18-24, February.
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