Topics in Non-Life Insurance (Skade2)

Course content

Various distributions that are useful in non-life insurance
The impact of deductibles on the insurance premium calculations
Maximum likelihood methods, including the adjustment for deductibles. Also use of the delta method.
Asymptotic properties of the estimators
Model selection methods
Some linear and generalized linear model theory

Course description: Distributions in insurance, deductibles, maximum likelihood estimation, model choice, non parametric method, linear and generalized linear models.


MSc Programme in Actuarial Mathematics
MSc Programme in Mathematics-Economics

Learning outcome


Understand basic claim number and claim frequency models.

Understand the impact of deductibles, and how to compensate for this in modelling.

Know how to use maximum likelihood to fit insurance data.

Have some insight into the art of picking relevant and useful models for the data. 

Know something about the consequences of picking a poor model

A good understanding of linear and generalized linear models, and the difference between continuous and discrete models.

Know how to fit nonstandard models, such as Pareto regression with deductibles.


Be able to take raw data and prepare for statistical analysis.

Be able to fit and select a meaningful model among a variety of alternatives. This includes picking good distributions, good covariates and avoid overfitting.

Run, and if necessary program in R, the necessary calculations.


Be able to go from raw data to practical and useful statistical models. A typical application is in pricing insurance products.

5 hours of lectures and 2 hours of excercises each week for 7 weeks.

Lecture notes

Bachelor in insurance mathematics or similar.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
Exam registration requirements

Two mandatory assignments must be approved and valid before the student is allowed to attend the exam

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

30 minutes oral exam. No preparation time and no aids.

The two mandatory assignments must be approved and valid. If they were not approved during the course the non-approved assignments must be (re)submitted. They have to be approved no later than three weeks before the beginning of the re-exam week.

Criteria for exam assessment

The student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Intended learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 114
  • Theory exercises
  • 14
  • Project work
  • 40
  • Exam
  • 3
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 4
No limit
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Jostein Paulsen   (7-6c717576676b70426f63766a306d7730666d)
Phone+45 35 32 07 37 office: 04.3.19
Saved on the 28-02-2023

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