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The role of social and psychological related soft information in credit analysis: Evidence from a Fintech Company

Author(s): dr. Ing. Zdeněk Drábek B.A., D.Phil., Zhengwei Wang
Msc Yao Wang PhDr, Zhengwei Wang
Type: Articles in journals with impact factor
Year: 2021
Number: 0
ISSN / ISBN: 2214-8043
Published in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
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Keywords: Soft Information, Fintech, Microfinance, Credit Analysis, Behavioral Economics
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Suggested Citation: Wang, Y., Drabek, Z., & Wang, Z. (2021). The role of social and psychological related soft information in credit analysis: Evidence from a Fintech Company. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 101806.
Abstract: Improvements in the quality of information in credit appraisal are paramount to the greater efficiency of credit markets. The existing research to assess the role of soft information in credit markets has so far been very limited and inconclusive due to differences in approaches and methodological limitations. The aim of this paper is to discuss the role of social and psychological related soft information in predicting defaults in the P2P lending market and to assess the importance of such information in Fintech credit analysis. Using a unique dataset from the pioneer P2P lending platform RRDai.com and alternative models of testing, we compared the predictive performance of soft information, hard information and combined hard and soft information on defaults. The results show that soft information can provide valuable input into credit appraisals. Soft information shows high predictive power in our test, and combined with hard information, it increases the power of our model to predict defaults.

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