DRE 7014 Bayesian Econometrics


DRE 7014 Bayesian Econometrics

Responsible for the course
Hilde C Bjørnland, Genaro Sucarrat

Department of Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction


    Learning outcome
    Students should be able to read critically papers and to use Bayesian inference for their own research, in each case in relation to the material that has been covered.

    Knowledge of econometric models (regression models, qualitative and limited dependent variables, time series models). Ability at computer programming (e.g. in R, Matlab, GAUSS, Ox, C or any other language).

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    Compulsory reading
    Bauwens, Luc, Michel Lubrano and Jean-Francois Richard. 1999. Bayesian inference in dynamic econometric models. Oxford University Press
    Geweke, John. 2005. Contemporary Bayesian econometrics and statistics. John Wiley
    Koop, Gary. 2003. Bayesian econometrics. Wiley
    Lancaster, Tony. 2004. An introduction to modern Bayesian econometrics. Blackwell
    Zellner, Arnold. 1971. An Introduction to Bayesian Inference in Econometrics. Wiley

    Additional material (e.g. handouts, articles, etc.) may be distributed or referred to during the course

    Recommended reading

    Course outline
    1. Concepts for Bayesian Inference
    - Bayesian inference
    - Criteria for evaluating statistical procedures
    - Probability: objective or subjective

    2. Numerical Methods for Bayesian Inference
    - Need for numerical integration
    - Deterministic integration
    - Monte Carlo integration

    3. Bayesian Inference for Regression Analysis
    - Regression with non-informative prior
    - Regression with conjugate prior
    - Partially linear model
    - Regression with non-conjugate prior
    - Heteroskedastic errors
    - Autocorrelated errors
    - IID student errors

    4. Bayesian Inference for vector autoregressive models
    - Unrestricted VAR and multivariate regression models
    - Posterior with NIP
    - Posterior with informative prior
    - The Minnesota prior
    - Restricted VAR and SURE models

    5. Bayesian Inference for volatility models
    - ARCH models
    - Stochastic volatility models

    Computer-based tools
    It's learning/homepage, statistical programming language (e.g. R, Matlab, GAUSS, Ox, C, etc.)

    Learning process and workload
    A course of 3 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 80-90 hours.
    Lectures: 15 h.

    Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or text book.

    Course paper.
    Graded pass/fail

    Examination code(s)
    DRE 70141 course paper counts for 100% of the final grade in the course. The grade scale is pass/fail

    Examination support materials

    Re-sit examination
    It is only possible to retake an examination when the course is next taught.
    The assessment in some courses is based on more than one exam code.

    Additional information
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