Title: Automated credit decision process - an insight into developing a credit-scoring model within the Nepalese banking sector

Authors: Satish Sharma; Jackie Harvey; Andrew Robson

Addresses: Department of Accounting and Finance, Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK ' Department of Accounting and Finance, Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK ' Department of Business and Management, Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK

Abstract: There has been significant growth post-2000 in consumer credit within transition economies. Credit scoring, established within Western institutions, has the potential to be used to assess consumer creditworthiness here. This paper presents challenges and complexities relating to credit-scoring model development within the Nepalese banking sector. The research incorporates a mixed methods approach, involving model development using secondary data, supported by five in-depth interviews involving lending managers. A model was developed deploying binary logistic regression comprising six customer characteristics. Its overall ability to predict known outcome was high, particularly repayment success, although challenges remain in terms of predicting failure, pointing to a relative absence of current data on such customers. Implementation challenges also exist, reliance on traditional judgement prevails, together with ignorance of possible approaches to modelling. Decision overrides occur due to conflict between restricting defaulting customers and growth targets, traditional practice retention and desire to demonstrate expertise amongst lending managers.

Keywords: consumer credit; Nepal; banking industry; credit scoring; credit decisions; mixed methods research; binary logistic regression; scorecard implementation; Nepal; transition economies; creditworthiness; modelling; bank lending.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDSRM.2012.053380

International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management, 2012 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.233 - 253

Received: 20 Feb 2013
Accepted: 21 Feb 2013

Published online: 19 Apr 2013 *

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