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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series

High Dimensional Forecast Combinations Under Latent Structures

Zhentao Shi (Georgia Institute of Technology), joint with Liangjun Su and Tian Xie

Thursday 10 March 2022 14:00 - 15:30

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About this event

This paper presents a novel high dimensional forecast combination estimator in the presence of many forecasts and potential latent group structures. The new algorithm, which we call l2-relaxation, minimizes the squared l2-norm of the weight vector subject to a relaxed version of the first-order conditions, instead of minimizing the mean squared forecast error as those standard optimal forecast combination procedures. A proper choice of the tuning parameter achieves bias and variance trade-off, and incorporates as special cases the simple average (equal-weight) strategy and the conventional optimal weighting scheme. When the variance-covariance (VC) matrix of the individual forecast errors exhibits latent group structures -- a block equicorrelation matrix plus a VC for idiosyncratic noises, l2-relaxation delivers combined forecasts with roughly equal within-group weights. Asymptotic optimality of the new method is established by exploiting the duality between the sup-norm restriction and the high-dimensional sparse l1-norm penalization. Excellent finite sample performance of our method is demonstrated in Monte Carlo simulations. Its wide applicability is highlighted in three real data examples concerning empirical applications of microeconomics, macroeconomics and finance.

STICERD Econometrics seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 14.00-15.30, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Professor Tai Otsu and Dr. Vassilis Hajivassiliou.

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