A high quantile estimator based on the log-generalized Weibull tail limit

Cees de Valk, Juan Juan Cai

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The estimation of high quantiles for very low probabilities of exceedance pn much smaller than 1/n (with n the sample size) remains a major challenge. For this purpose, the log-Generalized Weibull (log-GW) tail limit was recently proposed as regularity condition as an alternative to the Generalized Pareto (GP) tail limit, in order to avoid potentially severe bias in applications of the latter. Continuing in this direction, a new estimator for the log-GW tail index and a related quantile estimator are introduced. Both are constructed using the Hill estimator as building block. Sufficient conditions for asymptotic normality are established. These results, together with the results of simulations and an application, indicate that the new estimator fulfils the potential of the log-GW tail limit as a widely applicable model for high quantile estimation, showing a substantial reduction in bias as well as improved precision when compared to an estimator based on the GP tail limit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-128
Number of pages22
JournalEconometrics and Statistics
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • High quantile
  • Hill estimator
  • Log-generalized Weibull tail limit
  • Log-GW tail index


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