Credit-scoring significantly improves insurance pricing accuracy when combined with other rating variables in predicting risk. That's the conclusion of a study commissioned by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).In December, the department released its preliminary findings, which showed poor credit scores were associated with more claims activity, and blacks and Hispanics on average have lower credit scores than whites (see Feb. issue, page 8.)
The practice of using credit-based insurance scores has been under scrutiny for possible disparate impact on minorities and low-income people.
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