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DRE 7014 Bayesian Econometrics

DRE 7014 Bayesian Econometrics

Course code: 
DRE 7014
Course coordinator: 
Hilde Christiane Bjørnland
Genaro Sucarrat
Course name in Norwegian: 
Bayesian Econometrics
Product category: 
PhD Economics courses
2021 Autumn
Active status: 
To be discontinued
Level of study: 
Discontinued term: 
2021 Autumn
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

Please note that this course will be revised before it is offered again.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

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.

Course content

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
Teaching and learning activities

A course of 3 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 80-90 hours.

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. 

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.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

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).

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
100No1 Semester(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Exam code:DRE70141
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 3 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 80 hours.