DRE 7002 Time Series Econometrics

DRE 7002 Time Series Econometrics

Course code: 
DRE 7002
Course coordinator: 
Hilde Christiane Bjørnland
Fabio Canova
Course name in Norwegian: 
Time Series Econometrics
Product category: 
PhD Economics courses
2021 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

The aim of the course is to give the students a formal understanding of time series econometrics at a level expected among Ph.D students in economics, finance and related disciplines.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After taking this course students should have a solid knowledge of the basic techniques used in time series econometrics, so that eventually they can master and produce sophisticated applied econometric analysis. The students will learn univariate and multivariate models of stationary and nonstationary time series, including structural VARs, state space models, the Kalman filter and factor models. The students will learn to master the main estimation methods, such as maximal likelihood, instrumental variables and GMM. The students will also learn Bayesian estimation.

Course content

I. Univariate stationary time series

  • Stationary AR and MA processes
  • Forecasting
  • Spectral analysis

II. Models of non-stationary time series

  • Deterministic and stochastic trends, unit root tests, structural change
  • Trend/cycle decompositions (linear filters)
  • Analysis of business cycles in the frequency domain, spurious cycles

III. Vector autoregression (VAR) methodology

  • Granger causality, cointegration.
  • Structural VARs – impulse responses, forecast error variance decomposition
  • Identification: Cholesky, long-run restrictions, sign restrictions, external instruments.

IV. Methods of Estimation

  • Instrumental variables (IV) estimation
  • Maximum likelihood estimation
  • Generalized method of moments (GMM) estimation

V. State space models and the Kalman filter

  • Kalman filter
  • Factor models

VI. Bayesian estimation

Teaching and learning activities

Students are required to participate in class – both in discussions and by presenting models/material from the reading lists –  as well as solve and hand in solutions to exercises and problems.

Software tools

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
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Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No30 Hour(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Exam code:DRE70021
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
Group work / Assignments
75 Hour(s)
Specified learning activities (including reading).
Student's own work with learning resources
75 Hour(s)
Autonomous student learning (including exam preparation).
30 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.