Authors Archives: Michael A. Turner, Ph.D.

FHFA Credit Score Request for Comments Input

In these comments we support the FHFA’s effort to update the credit score used/required by the GSEs and explore how more than one score could be considered or permitted. We wish the FHFA would go further and create a more flexible process that would allow the credit score(s) used to be updated more regularly and also permit more credit score flexibility to enable scores that use alternative data to be utilized.

The Impact of Credit Reporting and Credit Scoring on the MFI Sector

This research analyzes a series of questions pertaining to the impacts on microfinance institutions (MFIs) when using credit bureau data (conventionally referred to as credit files) for purposes of underwriting credit; for the same purposes, it also analyzes credit scoring models and credit decisioning platforms that use credit bureau data.

Changing the Lending Landscape: Credit Deserts, the Credit Invisible, and Data Gaps in Silicon Valley

This report presents findings from the pilot effort of the Credit Deserts Project, which aims to map the incidence of Credit Invisibility, in which consumers have credit reports with no or insufficient data with which to generate a traditional credit score. Previous research suggests that Credit Invisibles disproportionately live in lower income areas of communities and help form what we call Credit Deserts.

Personalized Credit Education: Consumer and Small Business Owner Attitudes, Impacts and Impediments

This study is the final report on research that examines resulting credit score changes and consumer attitudes following the use of personalized credit education sessions by study participants. The credit education service examined is offered by a national credit bureau. Such services (offered by for-profit non-lender/non-creditor entities) are covered and inhibited by CROA.

CRA Credit Education Services: An Examination of Consumer Impacts

This study was designed to gauge the impact of a personalized credit education service from a national credit bureau on consumer understanding of credit reports and scores as measured by changes in credit scores and results from a participant survey.

Is CROA Choking Credit Report Literacy?

This report examines whether the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) is unduly inhibiting the use of needed credit report and education services. It then explores whether the 20 year old CROA could be revised in ways that maintain consumer and credit market protections.