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Measuring portfolio credit risk: modelling versus calibration errors

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  • Nikola Tarashev
  • Haibin Zhu

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A model-based assessment of credit risk is subject to both specification and calibration errors. Focusing on a well known credit risk model, we propose a methodology for quantifying the relative importance of alternative sources of such errors and apply this methodology to a large data set. We find that flawed calibration of the model can substantially affect the measured level of portfolio credit risk. By contrast, a model misspecification generally has a limited impact, especially for large, well diversified portfolios.

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  • Nikola Tarashev & Haibin Zhu, 2007. "Measuring portfolio credit risk: modelling versus calibration errors," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, March.
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    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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