Skills Development Training in Econometrics: Time series

14 June 2023
Event type: Skills Development
Event date: 23 February 2024 at 7:00pm
Location: Online
Cohorts 9 and 10

Time-series Techniques Assumed prior knowledge:

The following rough outline assumes that participants are comfortable with basic statistical methods, such as the calculation of means and standard deviations, as well as hypothesis testing, primarily t, z, and F distribution based tests. A modest understanding of matrix algebra (meaning that the participant can interpret the solution to the OLS problem) is advised. EViews software will be used in practical demonstration, but no prior knowledge of EViews is required.


  1. Research Orientation and the Econometric Approach to Analysis (1 day)
    1. Research Orientation
    2. The Nature of the Econometric Approach
    3. Purposes of Econometrics
    4. Example in EViews: Model Specification, Estimation, Evaluation and Interpretation
    5. Introduction to the Simple Linear Regression Model
    6. OLS Estimator, Properties
    7. The Classical Normal Linear Regression model (CNLRM)
    8. Goodness of Fit
    9. Hypothesis Testing
    10. Practical Exercise in E-Views
  2. Time Series Econometrics (Part 1) (1½ days)
    1. Underlying Data Generating Process and Concepts of Stationarity & Non-stationarity
    2. Unit Root Tests (ADF, PP, DG-GLS, Ng-Peron, KPSS)
    3. Concept of Cointegration
    4. Residual Based Test for Cointegration (Engle-Granger Cointegration Test)
    5. Error Correction Model (ECM) specification
    6. Diagnostic Checking
    7. Model Simulation and Model Response Characteristics
    8. Practical Examples and Hands-on Exercises in EViews
  3. Time Series Econometrics (Part 2) (1½ days)
    1. Vector Autoregressive (VAR) Model
    2. Impulse Response and Variance Decomposition Analysis
    3. Multivariate Cointegration Technique (Johansen Maximum Likelihood Method)
    4. Block Causality and Exogeneity Test
    5. Weak Exogeneity Tests and Model Identification
    6. Practical Example and Hands-on Exercise in EViews
  4. Volatility Models (½ day – Introduction and demonstration only)
    1. Properties and Theoretical and Empirical Issues
    2. ARCH Processes
    3. ARCH and GARCH Modes
    4. Estimation and Prediction
    5. Interpretation and Evaluation of Results
  5. Principal Component Analysis (½ day – Introduction and demonstration only)
    1. Relevant Research Questions (with examples)
    2. Data Requirements
    3. Application in EViews
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