Predicting Consumer Default: A Deep Learning Approach

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Stefania Albanesi

University of Pittsburgh

Domonkos F. Vamossy

University of Pittsburgh

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Date Written: August 2019


We develop a model to predict consumer default based on deep learning. We show that the model consistently outperforms standard credit scoring models, even though it uses the same data. Our model is interpretable and is able to provide a score to a larger class of borrowers relative to standard credit scoring models while accurately tracking variations in systemic risk. We argue that these properties can provide valuable insights for the design of policies targeted at reducing consumer default and alleviating its burden on borrowers and lenders, as well as macroprudential regulation.

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Albanesi, Stefania and Vamossy, Domonkos F., Predicting Consumer Default: A Deep Learning Approach (August 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26165, Available at SSRN:

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