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dc.contributor.advisorMcCarl, Bruce
dc.creatorEdwards, David Michael
dc.descriptionTypescript (photocopy).en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation deals with a firm level decision making process that involves the acquisition and use of information in a high volume credit scoring environment. A two stage model is developed to describe the choice a decision maker has between alternative levels of information acquisition. The first stage of the model describes the optimal set of credit decisions based upon on a given level of information. The second stage describes the comparison of alternative information choices that leads to the optimal level of information acquisition. The data for this study, 12,000 observations of credit characteristics and performance, were obtained from a factoring firm and a major provider of commercial credit information. Using these data and a logistic regression technique, models are developed to generate default probabilities for four competing sets of explanatory variables. The probabilities are then used in an economic model to determine whether to approve or deny a credit applicant. The results demonstrate the feasibility of valuing competing sets of information. While these results lead to the conclusion that the optimal strategy is to purchase all available information, they are specific to the particular firm in this study. The general information evaluation methodology described here may lead to other conclusions in case studies where different economic assumptions apply.en
dc.format.extentviii, 95 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectMajor agricultural economicsen
dc.subject.classification1990 Dissertation E26
dc.subject.lcshEconomic aspectsen
dc.subject.lcshEconometric modelsen
dc.subject.lcshAgricultural crediten
dc.titleFirms' information acquisition decisions in a microeconomic contexten
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen Den
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBender, Donald
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBessler, David A.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLacewell, Ronald
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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