Credit Growth, the Yield Curve and Financial Crisis Prediction: Evidence from a Machine Learning Approach
65 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2020
Date Written: January 10, 2020
We develop early warning models for financial crisis prediction using machine learning techniques on macrofinancial data for 17 countries over 1870–2016. Machine learning models mostly outperform logistic regression in out-of-sample predictions and forecasting. We identify economic drivers of our machine learning models using a novel framework based on Shapley values, uncovering non-linear relationships between the predictors and crisis risk. Throughout, the most important predictors are credit growth and the slope of the yield curve, both domestically and globally. A flat or inverted yield curve is of most concern when nominal interest rates are low and credit growth is high.
Keywords: machine learning, financial crisis, financial stability, credit growth, yield curve, Shapley values, out-of-sample prediction
JEL Classification: C40, C53, E44, F30, G01
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