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Macroeconomic forecasting and structural analysis through regularized reduced-rank regression

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This paper proposes a strategy to detect and impose reduced-rank restrictions in medium vector autoregressive models. In this framework, it is known that Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) does not perform well because inversions of large covariance matrices are required. We propose a method that combines the richness of reduced-rank regression with the simplicity of naive univariate forecasting methods. In particular, we suggest to use a proper shrinkage estimator of the autocovariance matrices that are involved in the computation of CCA, thus obtaining a method that is asymptotically equivalent to CCA, but it is numerically more stable in finite samples. Simulations and empirical applications document the merits of the proposed approach both in forecasting and in structural analysis.

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  • Emmanuela Bernardini & Gianluca Cubadda, 2013. "Macroeconomic forecasting and structural analysis through regularized reduced-rank regression," CEIS Research Paper 289, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 03 Oct 2013.
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    1. Marco Centoni & Gianluca Cubadda, 2015. "Common Feature Analysis of Economic Time Series: An Overview and Recent Developments," CEIS Research Paper 355, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 05 Oct 2015.
    2. Cubadda, Gianluca & Guardabascio, Barbara & Hecq, Alain, 2017. "A vector heterogeneous autoregressive index model for realized volatility measures," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 337-344.
    3. Wilms, Ines & Croux, Christophe, 2016. "Forecasting using sparse cointegration," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 1256-1267.
    4. Pirschel, Inske & Wolters, Maik H., 2014. "Forecasting German key macroeconomic variables using large dataset methods," Kiel Working Papers 1925, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    5. Smeekes, Stephan & Wijler, Etiënne, 2016. "Macroeconomic Forecasting Using Penalized Regression Methods," Research Memorandum 039, Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE).
    6. Gianluca Cubadda & Barbara Guardabascio, 2017. "Representation, Estimation and Forecasting of the Multivariate Index-Augmented Autoregressive Model," CEIS Research Paper 397, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 07 Feb 2017.

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    Keywords

    Reduced rank regression; vector autoregressive models; shrinkage estimation; macroeconomic forecasting.;

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    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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