Modeling the Risk in Mortality Projections

Nan Zhu, Daniel Bauer

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This paper presents and applies models for the valuation and management of mortality-contingent exposures. Such exposures include insurance and pension benefits, as well as novel mortality-linked securities traded in financial markets. Unlike conventional approaches to modeling mortality, we consider the stochastic evolution of mortality projections rather than realized mortality rates. Relying on a time series of age-specific mortality forecasts, we develop a set of stochastic models that-unlike conventional mortality models-capture the evolution of mortality forecasts over the past 50 years. In particular, the dynamics of our models reflect the substantial observed variability of long-term projections and are therefore particularly well-suited for financial applications where long-term demographic uncertainty is relevant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2069-2084
Number of pages16
JournalOperations Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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