Special Issue "Risk Management Techniques for Catastrophic and Heavy-Tailed Risks"


A special issue of Risks (ISSN 2227-9091).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alejandro Balbás
Department of Business Administration, University Carlos III of Madrid, C/ Madrid, 126, 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
Website: http://www.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/dpto_economia_empresa/home/faculty/alejandrobalbas
E-Mail: balbas@emp.uc3m.es
Interests: risk management; asset pricing; fixed income

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. José Garrido
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd West, LB-921.21, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8, Canada
Website: http://www.mathstat.concordia.ca/people/faculty/full-time-faculty/GarridoJ.php
E-Mail: jose.garrido@concordia.ca
Interests: risk theory; insurance statistics; credibility theory; risk measures; actuarial and financial mathematics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

By contrast to pricing, which is about a risk average (or central tendency), risk management has to do with the risk tail events over a short-term horizon. This special issue is devoted to the specific statistical and technical challenges that result from the risk management process, such as but not restricted to: (1) how to calibrate a risk management model when historical records report no or few catastrophic tail events (sparse data)? (2) what risk measures can be used on these extreme values when their Pareto-like behaviour prevents the existence of finite means and variances?

In addition to the small number of invited papers that are to appear in this special issue, we are cordially calling for contributed research papers or proposals. We welcome high-quality research papers, review articles as well as communications related to risk management for heavy-tailed risks, in particular on the following topics:

- Catastrophic risks
- Climate change
- Environmental risks
- Operational risk
- Pandemics
- Reinsurance

Prof. Dr. Alejandro Balbás
Prof. Dr. José Garrido
Gues Editors


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  • climate change
  • heavy tailed risks
  • natural catastrophes
  • operational risk
  • pandemics
  • reinsurance
  • risk Management
  • risk measures

Published Papers (3 papers)

by ,  and
Risks 2014, 2(3), 289-314; doi:10.3390/risks2030289
Received: 25 February 2014; in revised form: 15 June 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 31 July 2014
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Risks 2014, 2(2), 211-225; doi:10.3390/risks2020211
Received: 5 March 2014; in revised form: 5 May 2014 / Accepted: 13 May 2014 / Published: 28 May 2014
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by , , ,  and
Risks 2014, 2(1), 25-48; doi:10.3390/risks2010025
Received: 25 November 2013; in revised form: 9 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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Last update: 4 March 2014

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