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A Bayesian approach to modeling and projecting cohort effects

Hunt, A. & Blake, D. (2020). A Bayesian approach to modeling and projecting cohort effects. North American Actuarial Journal, 25(sup1), S235-S254. doi: 10.1080/10920277.2019.1649157


One of the key motivations in the construction of ever more sophisticated mortality models was the realisation of the importance of \cohort effects" in the historical data. However, these are often difficult to estimate robustly, due to the identifiability issues present in age/period/cohort mortality models, and exhibit spurious features for the most recent years of birth, for which we have little data. These can cause problems when we project the model into the future. In this study, we show how to ensure that projected mortality rates from the model are independent of the arbitrary identi ability constraints needed to identify the cohort parameters. We then go on to develop a Bayesian approach for projecting the cohort parameters, which allows fully for uncertainty in the recent parameters due to the lack of information for these years of birth, which leads to more reasonable projections of mortality rates in future.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'North American Actuarial Journal' on 26th February 2020, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Mortality modelling, age/period/cohort models, identification issues, projection, consistency, cohort parameters
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
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