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Forecasting bank failures and stress testing: A machine learning approach

Periklis Gogas (), Theophilos Papadimitriou () and Anna Agrapetidou

International Journal of Forecasting, 2018, vol. 34, issue 3, 440-455

Abstract: This paper presents a forecasting model of bank failures based on machine-learning. The proposed methodology defines a linear decision boundary that separates the solvent banks from those that failed. This setup generates a novel alternative stress-testing tool. Our sample of 1443 U.S. banks includes all 481 banks that failed during the period 2007–2013. The set of explanatory variables is selected using a two-step feature selection procedure. The selected variables were then fed to a support vector machines forecasting model, through a training–testing learning process. The model exhibits a 99.22% overall forecasting accuracy and outperforms the well-established Ohlson’s score.

Keywords: Machine learning; Bank failures; Stress testing; Forecasting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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