Multivariate Long Memory Cohort Mortality Models

Hongxuan Yan, Gareth Peters, Jennifer Chan

Research output: Working paper


Increasing the accuracy of forecasting of mortality rates and improving the projection of life expectancy is an important consideration for insurance companies and governments since misleading predictions may result in insufficient funds for retirement and pension plans. The existence of long memory in mortality data improves the understandings of features of mortality data and provides a new approach for establishing mortality models. The findings of long memory phenomena in mortality data motivate us to develop new mortality models by extending the Lee-Carter (LC) model to death counts and incorporating long memory model structure. Furthermore, there is no identification issues arising in the proposed model class. Hence, the constraints which cause many computational issues in LC models are removed. The models are applied to analyse mortality death count data sets from three different countries divided according to genders. Bayesian inference with various selection criteria is applied to perform the model parameter estimation and mortality rate forecasting.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2018


  • cohort
  • count time series
  • life expectancy
  • long memory
  • mortality modelling
  • multivariate
  • pension


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