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 29, 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 provides favorable credit risk assessment to young 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.

Keywords: consumer default; credit scores; deep learning; macroprudential policy

JEL Classification: C45; D14; E27; E44; G21; G24

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Albanesi, Stefania and Vamossy, Domonkos F., Predicting Consumer Default: A Deep Learning Approach (August 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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