Modeling the financial distress of microenterprise start- ups using support vector machines: A case study

  • A. Blanco-Oliver, R. Pino-Mejas and J. Lara-Rubio (2015). Innovar (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), 153-166
  • Abstract: Despite the leading role that micro-entrepreneurship plays in economic development, and the high failure rate of microenterprise start-ups in their early years, very few studies have designed financial distress models to detect the financial problems of micro-entrepreneurs. moreover, due to a lack of research, nothing is known about whether non-financial information and nonparametric statistical techniques improve the predictive capacity of these models. therefore, this paper provides an innovative financial distress model specifically designed for microenterprise startups via support vector machines (svms) that employs financial, non-financial, and macroeconomic variables. Based on a sample of almost 5,500 micro-entrepreneurs from a Peruvian microfinance institution (mFi), our findings show that the introduction of non-financial information related to the zone in which the entrepreneurs live and situate their business, the duration of the mFi-entrepreneur relationship, the number of loans granted by the mFi in the last year, the loan destination, and the opinion of experts on the probability that microenterprise start-ups may experience financial problems, significantly increases the accuracy performance of our financial distress model. Furthermore, the results reveal that the models that use svms outperform those which employ traditional logistic regression (lR) analysis. 2015, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. All rights reserved.
  • Theme: Growth and performance
  • Keywords: Financial distress model, Latin american, Microenterprise start-ups, Microfinancial institutions, Non-financial variables
  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: Peru, South America, Global South
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