Vocabulary as an indicator of creditworthiness: An analysis of public loan data

By Justin Wagers. University of Puget Sound.

The purpose of this research is to determine the usefulness of a borrower’s vocabulary in determining his/her creditworthiness. The analysis takes a word-frequency approach to 36,055 loans… Continue reading Vocabulary as an indicator of creditworthiness: An analysis of public loan data

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Place and its Role in Venture Capital Funding

By Luke Heine. Harvard College.

How are city demographics correlated with the amount of venture capital they receive? The paper uses a unique dataset of ~58,000 venture deals from 2000 – 2014 from the CrunchBase dataset and census data from the same period. Continue reading Place and its Role in Venture Capital Funding

European Integration as a Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe, 1995-2013

By Domagoj Babic. Princeton University.

When companies choose to undertake foreign direct investments (FDI) in emerging countries (such as those in Central and Eastern Europe) rather than… Continue reading European Integration as a Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe, 1995-2013

Cryptocurrency Competition and Dynamics

By Thomas Gebhart. University of Minnesota.

We build a model of competition among privately issued cryptocurrencies. We use a well-known monetary economics environment, the Lagos-Wright model, and include founders who can issue their own currencies in order to maximize their utility. Founders are endowed with productive capital that allows them to invest in projects that span multiple periods. Continue reading Cryptocurrency Competition and Dynamics