Survival Mixture Model for Credit Risk Analysis
The survival mixture model, which is an extension of the ordinary survival model that allows the existence of a fraction of the borrowers to be risk-free, is applied to credit risk analysis. In a regression setting, the effect of borrowers' characteristics on both the risk-free probability and default risk can be assessed simultaneously. Using the C statistic as a measure of accuracy, the survival mixture model shows improved power to discriminate between good' and bad' customers, when compared with other commonly used statistical models for credit risk analysis. A simulation study is conducted to assess the performance of the proposed numerical estimation method. The survival mixture model not only concentrates on the time-to-default of the borrowers, it also predicts the probability of being risk-free. It provides additional information about the borrowers' default risk in relation to their characteristics, which assists the lending institutions to better manage credit risk.
Volume (Year): 4 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
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