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Bounds for the bias of the empirical CTE


  • Russo, Ralph P.
  • Shyamalkumar, Nariankadu D.


The Conditional Tail Expectation (CTE) is gaining an increasing level of attention as a measure of risk. It is known that nonparametric unbiased estimators of the CTE do not exist, and that , the empirical [alpha]-level CTE (the average of the n(1-[alpha]) largest order statistics in a random sample of size n), is negatively biased. In this article, we show that increasing convex order among distributions is preserved by . From this result it is possible to identify the specific distributions, within some large classes of distributions, that maximize the bias of . This in turn leads to best possible bounds on the bias under various sets of conditions on the sampling distribution F. In particular, we show that when the [alpha]-level quantile is an isolated point in the support of a non-degenerate distribution (for example, a lattice distribution) then the bias is either of the order or vanishes exponentially fast. This is intriguing as the bias of vanishes at the in-between rate of 1/n when F possesses a positive derivative at the [alpha]th quantile.

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  • Russo, Ralph P. & Shyamalkumar, Nariankadu D., 2010. "Bounds for the bias of the empirical CTE," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(3), pages 352-357, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:insuma:v:47:y:2010:i:3:p:352-357

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    1. Philippe Artzner & Freddy Delbaen & Jean-Marc Eber & David Heath, 1999. "Coherent Measures of Risk," Mathematical Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 9(3), pages 203-228.
    2. Ko, Bangwon & Russo, Ralph P. & Shyamalkumar, Nariankadu D., 2009. "A Note on Nonparametric Estimation of the CTE," ASTIN Bulletin: The Journal of the International Actuarial Association, Cambridge University Press, vol. 39(02), pages 717-734, November.
    3. Kim, Joseph Hyun Tae & Hardy, Mary R., 2007. "Quantifying and Correcting the Bias in Estimated Risk Measures," ASTIN Bulletin: The Journal of the International Actuarial Association, Cambridge University Press, vol. 37(02), pages 365-386, November.
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