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Applying wrapper-based variable selection techniques to predict MFIs profitability: evidence from Peru

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2021-02-15
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Routledge Taylor&Francis
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In this paper, we analyse the main factors explaining the profitability (ROA) of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Peru from 2011 to 2107. We apply three wrapper techniques to asample of 168 Peruvians MFIs and 69 attributes obtained from MIX Market database. After running the algo-rithms M5ʹ, knearest neighbours (KNN) and Random Forest, we find that the M5ʹ algorithm provides the best fit for predicting ROA. Particularly, the key variable of the regression tree is the percentage of expenses over assets and, depending on its value, it is followed by net income after taxes and before donations, or profit margins
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JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVENESS, 2021, VOL. 13, NO. 1, 84–99
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