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Small-Sample Estimation of Models of Portfolio Credit Risk

In: Recent Advances In Financial Engineering 2009

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  • Michael B. Gordy

    (Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC 20551, USA)

  • Erik Heitfield

    (Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC 20551, USA)

Abstract

This paper explores the small sample properties of the most commonly used estimators of ratings-based portfolio credit models. We consider both method of moments and maximum likelihood estimators, and show that unrestricted estimators are subject to large biases in realistic sample sizes. We demonstrate large potential gains in precision and bias-reduction from imposing parametric restrictions across rating buckets. The restrictions we consider are based on economically meaningful hypotheses on the structure of systematic risk.

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  • Michael B. Gordy & Erik Heitfield, 2010. "Small-Sample Estimation of Models of Portfolio Credit Risk," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Masaaki Kijima & Chiaki Hara & Keiichi Tanaka & Yukio Muromachi (ed.), Recent Advances In Financial Engineering 2009, chapter 2, pages 43-63, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wschap:9789814304078_0002
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