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Master of Arts (MA)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Matthew Zook
This thesis investigates the production and management of consumer debt on digital platforms. First, this study investigates how borrowers navigate spaces of debt and indebtedness created by fintech consumer lenders. Second, this thesis analyzes the process and impact of ‘alternative’ data and machine learning on fintech credit scoring models. As consumer lending ‘moves online’, this research analyzes the increasingly important role of digital spaces in the creation and management of debt. Tracking the interfaces and algorithms used by online consumer lenders, I weave together insight from digital and financial geographies to argue that digital technologies are enabling firms to marketize new channels and experiences of consumer debt.
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This study was supported by the Barnhardt Withington in 2020.
McCanless, Michael Joshua, "Debilitating Debts and Recapacitating Loans: How FinTech made Markets for Unsecured Consumer Debt using Alternative Data and Machine Learning" (2021). Theses and Dissertations--Geography. 76.
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