Capital Allocation for a Sum of Dependent Compound Mixed Poisson Variables: A Recursive Algorithm Approach

Joseph H.T. Kim, Jiwook Jang, Chaehyun Pyun

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The sum of independent compound Poisson random variables is a widely used stochastic model in many economic applications, including non-life insurance, credit and operational risk management, and environmental sciences. In this article we generalize this model by introducing dependence among Poisson frequency variables through a latent random variable in a linear fashion, which can be translated as a common underlying risk factors affecting the frequencies of individual compound Poisson variables. Despite its natural interpretation, this generalization leads to a highly complicated model with no closed-form distribution function. For this dependent compound mixed Poisson sum with an arbitrary severity distribution, we obtain the Laplace transform and further develop a new recursive algorithm to efficiently compute the probability mass function, extending the well-known Panjer recursion. Furthermore, based on this recursion, we derive another recursive scheme to determine the capital allocation associated with the Conditional Tail Expectation, a popular risk management exercise. A numerical example is presented for the illustration of our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-97
Number of pages16
JournalNorth American Actuarial Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 2

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the Basic Science Research Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF 2015R1A1A1A05027336].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, © 2019 Society of Actuaries.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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