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Model Selection in Equations with Many ‘Small’ Effects

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  • Jennifer L. Castle
  • Jurgen A. Doornik
  • David F. Hendry

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General unrestricted models (GUMs) may include important individual determinants, many small relevant effects, and irrelevant variables. Automatic model selection procedures can handle perfect collinearity and more candidate variables than observations, allowing substantial dimension reduction from GUMs with salient regressors, lags, non-linear transformations, and multiple location shifts, together with all the principal components representing 'factor' structures, which can also capture small influences that selection may not retain individually. High dimensional GUMs and even the final model can implicitly include more variables than observations entering via 'factors'. We simulate selection in several special cases to illustrate.
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  • Jennifer L. Castle & Jurgen A. Doornik & David F. Hendry, 2013. "Model Selection in Equations with Many ‘Small’ Effects," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 75(1), pages 6-22, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:75:y:2013:i:1:p:6-22
    DOI: j.1468-0084.2012.00727.x
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    1. Jennifer Castle & David Hendry, 2010. "Automatic Selection for Non-linear Models," Economics Series Working Papers 473, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    2. Castle, Jennifer L. & Doornik, Jurgen A. & Hendry, David F., 2012. "Model selection when there are multiple breaks," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 169(2), pages 239-246.
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    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes

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