October 1, 2008
The paper provides a proof of consistency of the ridge estimator for regressions where the number of regressors tends to infinity. Such result is obtained without assuming a factor structure. A Monte Carlo study suggests that shrinkage autoregressive models can lead to very substantial advantages compared to standard autoregressive models. An empirical application focusing on forecasting inflation and GDP growth in a panel of countries confirms this finding.
J.E.L classification codes: C13, C22, C53