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Generalized additive modelling of the repayment performance of Korean borrowers


  • Young Ah Kim

    (University of Essex)

  • Peter G. Moffatt

    (University of East Anglia)


Data from a sample of around 32,000 customers taking out personal loans from a Korean bank, are analysed. The focus of analysis is a binary variable indicating default, defined as any sort of failure to meet the obligations of the loan during a time period up to a fixed reference date. Around 1.5% of the sample defaulted. The Generalized Additive Modelling (GAM) framework is used to investigate the combined effect of a number of factors on the likelihood of default. The GAM framework allows flexibility in the effects of continuously- distributed predictors. The B-spline smoothing approach is used for each of these effects. An extensive model-selection process is implemented. It is found that the statistical fit improves if some, but not all, of the predictors are modelled with the B-spline. The two variables found to have non-linear effects are amount borrowed and age of borrower. The predicted probability curve obtained for the former shows that borrowers least likely to default are those that have borrowed at the 85th percentile of the amount-borrowed distribution. The prediction curve for the latter shows that the default probability declines in a stepwise fashion with age, falling abruptly at certain ages, but appearing to level off for significant periods within the life-cycle.

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  • Young Ah Kim & Peter G. Moffatt, 2016. "Generalized additive modelling of the repayment performance of Korean borrowers," University of East Anglia School of Economics Working Paper Series 2016-03, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
  • Handle: RePEc:uea:ueaeco:2016_03

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    1. Roger Newson, 2001. "B-splines and splines parameterized by their values at reference points on the x-axis," Stata Technical Bulletin, StataCorp LP, vol. 10(57).
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