Valuation and hedging of life insurance liabilities with systematic mortality risk. (English) Zbl 1201.91089

Summary: This paper considers the problem of valuating and hedging life insurance contracts that are subject to systematic mortality risk in the sense that the mortality intensity of all policy-holders is affected by some underlying stochastic processes. In particular, this implies that the insurance risk cannot be eliminated by increasing the size of the portfolio and appealing to the law of large numbers. We propose to apply techniques from incomplete markets in order to hedge and valuate these contracts. We consider a special case of the affine mortality structures considered by M. Dahl [Insur. Math. Econ. 35, No. 1, 113–136 (2004; Zbl 1075.62095)], where the underlying mortality process is driven by a time-inhomogeneous Cox-Ingersoll-Ross (CIR) model. Within this model, we study a general set of equivalent martingale measures, and determine market reserves by applying these measures. In addition, we derive risk-minimizing strategies and mean-variance indifference prices and hedging strategies for the life insurance liabilities considered. Numerical examples are included, and the use of the stochastic mortality model is compared with deterministic models.


91B30 Risk theory, insurance (MSC2010)
60H30 Applications of stochastic analysis (to PDEs, etc.)
91G80 Financial applications of other theories


Zbl 1075.62095
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