# Michele Zenga

### Titoli dell'autore

Application of Zenga’s distribution to a panel survey on household incomes of European Member States

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digital
Anno:
2013

In this paper Zenga’s distribution is applied to 114 household incomes distributions from a panel
survey conducted by Eurostat. Previous works showed the good behaviour of the model to describe
income distributions and analyzed the possibility to impose restrictions on the parametric space so
that the fitted models comply with some characteristics of interest of the samples. This work is the
first application of the model on a wide number of distributions, showing that it can be used to describe
incomes distributions of several countries. Maximum likelihood method on grouped data and
methods based on the minimization of three different goodness of fit indexes are used to estimate
parameters. The restriction that imposes the equivalence between the sample mean and the expected
value of the fitted model is also considered. It results that the restriction should be used and the
changes in fitting are analyzed in order to suggest which estimation method use jointly to the restriction.
A final section is devoted to the direct proof that Zenga’s distribution has Paretian right-tail.

First applications of a new three-parameter distribution for non-negative variables

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digital
Anno:
2012

SUMMARY
Zenga (2010a) recently proposed a new three-parameter family of density functions for non-negative
variables. Its properties resemble those of economic size distributions: it has positive asymmetry,
Paretian right tail and it may be zeromodal, unimodal or even bimodal. In this paper we explore
some methods for fitting the new density to empirical income distributions. We will see that D’Addario’s
invariants method clearly outperforms Pearson’s moments method, which does not seem to
work well with heavy tailed distributions. Further, we propose some new methods based on the
minimization of a measure for the goodness of fit, imposing restrictions on the parameter space to
preserve some features of the empirical distribution in the fitted model. We will see that these methods
provide very satisfactory results with income distributions from Italy, Swiss, US and UK.
Keywords: Income Distribution, Zenga’s Distribution, Goodness of Fit, Moments Method, Invariants
Method.

Point and interval estimation for some financial performance measures

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digital
Anno:
2011

We study the estimators of three financial performance measures: the Sharpe Ratio, the Mean Difference
Ratio and the Mean Absolute Deviation Ratio. The analysis is performed under two sets of
assumptions. First, the case of i.i.d. Normal returns is considered. After that, relaxing the normality
assumption, the case of i.i.d. returns is investigated. In both situations, we study the bias of the estimators
and we propose their bias-corrected version. The exact and asymptotic distribution of the
three estimators is derived under the assumption of i.i.d. Normal returns. Concerning the case of
i.i.d. returns, the asymptotic distribution of the estimators is provided. The latter distributions are
used to define exact or asymptotic confidence intervals for the three indices. Finally, we perform a
simulation study in order to assess the efficiency of the bias corrected estimators, the coverage accuracy
and the length of the asymptotic confidence intervals.
Keywords: Financial Performance Measure, Sharpe Ratio, Mean Difference Ratio, Mean Absolute
Deviation Ratio, Concentration Measures, Statistical Analysis of Financial Data.

More on M.M. Zenga’s new three-parameter distribution for nonnegative variables

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digital
Anno:
2011

SUMMARY
Recently Zenga (2010) has proposed a new three-parameter density function f (x : µ; α; θ), (µ > 0;
α > 0; θ > 0), for non-negative variables. The parameter µ is equal to the expectation of the distribution. The new density has positive asymmetry and Paretian right tail. For θ > 1, Zenga (2010) has obtained the expressions of: the distribution function, the moments, the truncated moments, the mean deviation and Zenga’s (2007a) point inequality A(x) at x = µ. In the present paper, as to the general case θ > 0, the expressions of: the distribution function, the ordinary and truncated moments, the mean deviations and Zenga’s point inequality A (µ) are obtained. These expressions are more complex than those previously obtained for θ > 1 by Zenga (2010). The paper is enriched with many graphs of: the density functions (0.5 ≤ θ ≤ 1.5), the Lorenz L(p) and Zenga’s I (p) curves as well as the hazard and survival functions.
Keywords: Non-Negative Variables, Positive Asymmetry, Paretian Right Tail, Beta Function, Lorenz Curve, Zenga’s Inequality Curve, Hazard Function, Survival Function.

Mixture of Polisicchio’s truncated Pareto distributions with beta weights

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digital
Anno:
2010

A new three-parameter density function f ðx : ; ; Þ for non-negative variables, obtained as a mixture of ‘‘Polisicchio’s truncated Pareto distributions’’, is proposed. The expectation of f ðx : ; ; Þ
is equal to the parameter > 0. The new density has positive asymmetry and Paretian right tail. The variance is equal to 2 3
ð þ 1Þ
½2 þ ð 1Þ
. The moments, the upper and lower truncated moments
(with truncation at x ¼ ), are compact expressions of beta functions.
Keywords: Income Distribution, Positive Asymmetry, Paretian Tail, Mixture Density, Beta Weights

Elementi di inferenza statistica

Anno:
2009

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Measuring loan recovery rate: methodology and empirical evidence

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digital
Anno:
2008

This paper aims at proposing a new methodology to compute recovery rate on non-performing bank
loans, in order to confine this variable within the interval [0,1]. Such a methodology is then applied
to data on loans gathered by the Bank of Italy and some interesting characteristics of the loan recovery
process in the Italian banking market are highlighted. The combined effects of some variables
on the recovery rates are also analysed. In particular, the presence of either collateral or personal
guarantee, the borrower’s residence area are considered, thereby emphasizing the relationship
between the recovery rate and the total exposure.

Asymmetry for ordinal variables

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digital
Anno:
2007

This paper proposes, for ordinal variables, an index of asymmetry based on the cumulative and retrocumulative
frequencies. The paper shows that this new index has a connection with the bipolar
mean, recently introduced by Maffenini and Zenga (2006). An application to a real case is presented
to show how the asymmetry index works.

Inequality curve and inequality index based on the ratios between lower and upper arithmetic means

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digital
Anno:
2007

A new inequaliy curve I(p) based on the ratio between the lower mean M(p) and the upper mean þ M+(p) is proposed. By averaging I(p) the new inequality index I is obtained. The index I satisfies the usual properties required to an inequality measure. Being U(p)=1-I(p) a ratio between two arithmetic means, the meaning of I(p) is very straightforward. The index I is related to the Gini index R and the Bonferroni index B by the relation: R

Convergence of the Sample Mean Difference to the normal distribution: simulation results
digital

Anno:
2006

The present work aims to obtain the value of minimum sample size required by a good approximation by the normal curve for the sample mean difference. Particular care is given to what happens in the tails of the curves, with the aim of deriving confidence intervals for Gini’s mean difference. This goal is obtained by empirical methods and the presented results have an explorative nature. Simulation data have been obtained sampling from different distributions, considering symmetry versus asymmetry and the existence of the moments as main aspects in the underlying distribution. These remarks lead to the choice of the normal, the rectangular, the exponential and the Pareto distributions. All the obtained results indicate that the shape of the distribution from which the samples are generated is critically related to the minimum sample sizes required for a good approximation of the tails of the sample mean difference to the normal curve.
Keywords: Gini Mean Difference, asymptotic distribution, convergence, U-statistic.

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