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On the Measurement of Economic Tail Risk

  • Steven Kou
  • Xianhua Peng
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    This paper attempts to provide a decision-theoretic foundation for the measurement of economic tail risk, which is not only closely related to utility theory but also relevant to statistical model uncertainty. The main result is that the only risk measures that satisfy a set of economic axioms for the Choquet expected utility and the statistical property of elicitability (i.e. there exists an objective function such that minimizing the expected objective function yields the risk measure) are the mean functional and the median shortfall, which is the median of tail loss distribution. Elicitability is important for backtesting. We also extend the result to address model uncertainty by incorporating multiple scenarios. As an application, we argue that median shortfall is a better alternative than expected shortfall for setting capital requirements in Basel Accords.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2014
    Date of revision: Aug 2015
    Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1401.4787
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