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The role of the dependence between mortality and interest rates when pricing Guaranteed Annuity Options

Griselda Deelstra, Martino Grasselli and Christopher Van Weverberg

Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 2016, vol. 71, issue C, 205-219

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the consequences on the pricing of insurance contingent claims when we relax the typical independence assumption made in the actuarial literature between mortality risk and interest rate risk. Starting from the Gaussian approach of Liu et al. (2014), we consider some multifactor models for the mortality and interest rates based on more general affine models which remain positive and we derive pricing formulas for insurance contracts like Guaranteed Annuity Options (GAOs). In a Wishart affine model, which allows for a non-trivial dependence between the mortality and the interest rates, we go far beyond the results found in the Gaussian case by Liu et al. (2014), where the value of these insurance contracts can be explained only in terms of the initial pairwise linear correlation.

Keywords: Stochastic mortality; Affine interest rate models; Dependence; Guaranteed Annuity Options; Wishart process (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G13 G22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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