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Catching Growth Determinants with the Adaptive Lasso

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  • Ulrike Schneider
  • Martin Wagner

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This paper uses the adaptive Lasso estimator to determine the variables important for economic growth. The adaptive Lasso estimator is a computationally very simple procedure that can perform at the same time model selection and consistent parameter estimation. The methodology is applied to three data sets, the data used in Sala-i-Martin et al. (2004), in Fernandez et al. (2001) and a data set for the regions in the European Union. The results for the former two data sets are similar in several respects to those found in the published papers, yet are obtained at a negligible fraction of computational cost. Furthermore, the results for the European regional data highlight the importance of human capital for economic growth.
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  • Ulrike Schneider & Martin Wagner, 2012. "Catching Growth Determinants with the Adaptive Lasso," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 13(1), pages 71-85, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:13:y:2012:i:1:p:71-85
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    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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