Working Paper

Towards a general large sample theory for regularized estimators


Michael Jansson, Demian Pouzo

Published Date

25 November 2019


Working Paper (CWP63/19)

We present a general framework for studying regularized estimators; such estimators are pervasive in estimation problems wherein “plug-in” type estimators are either ill-defined or ill-behaved. Within this framework, we derive, under primitive conditions, consistency and a generalization of the asymptotic linearity property. We also provide data-driven methods for choosing tuning parameters that, under some conditions, achieve the aforementioned properties. We illustrate the scope of our approach by studying a wide range of applications, revisiting known results and deriving new ones.