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Type: Conference paper
Title: A flexible approach to multivariate risk modelling with a new class of copulas
Author: Van Der Hoek, J.
Sherris, M.
Crane, G.
Citation: 10th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Catholic University of Leuven, July 18-20, 2006.
Publisher: Catholic University of Leuven
Publisher Place: Leuven
Issue Date: 2006
Conference Name: IME Congress (10th : 2006 : Leuven, Belgium)
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John van der Hoek, Michael Sherris and Glenis Crane
Abstract: We present a new class of copulas constructed using piece-wise linear distortions of some standard copulas. The method of construction of these copulas allows them to be readily calibrated by fitting to empirical multivariate risk data. We derive properties of this new class of copulas and present results from applying our distortions to a range of copulas including the Gaussian and Archimedean copulas. We consider tail dependence measures and show how distorted copulas can model various forms of tail dependence. The new form of distorted copula is convenient for numerical computation in insurance and financial risk modelling including risk measurement and management of portfolios. Gaussian copulas are often used in modelling credit risk portfolios and for many risk modelling applications in practice. We show how our approach can be applied to Gaussian copulas and derive properties of the distorted copulas. We illustrate the results by discussing the application of the approach to multivariate risk modelling in insurance and finance and compare the approach to other methods.
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