Advanced Econometrics II - Time Series Econometrics

lecon2601  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced Econometrics II - Time Series Econometrics
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course must cover the important and essential themes of the econometrics of time series analysis and their application in some fields of economics, like macroeconomics and finance. The basic concepts of stationarity and ergodicity are taught in the prerequisite course. The main themes for this course are those of linear time series models (autoregressive and moving average models), unit roots and cointegration. Both univariate and multivariate models must be taught. For non linear time series models, a selection of topics has to be done mainly among ARCH models, Makov-switching models, and state-space models. In all topics, the themes of model building, evaluation and prediction are included.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The purpose is to train the students in the tools and models useful for the econometric analysis of economic time-series. Students will learn to understand in depth and apply correctly the techniques. The course prepares to research in the field of time-series analysis and its applications.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course aims to find models that explain dynamical observations in economics. It considers the model-based method and attempts to infer model parameters by iteratively fitting observations with theoretical predictions from trial models. To this aim, it provides a necessary introduction to the basic theory of the following three types series: discrete-time Markov chain, continuous-time Markov chain, and continuous-time and continuous-state Markov processes.
The structure of the course is given as follows (subject to change)
1. Numerical methods
2. Stochastic numerical methods
3. Markov chains
4. Branching process
5. Continuous-time Markov chains
6. Birth and death processes
7. Continuous time Markov processes
8. Diffusion processes
9. Stochastic differential equations
10. Applications: competition, epidemic, population and spatial models
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Weekly lecture.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Students are expected to complete a take-home final project by themselves. The project will consist of both analytical and empirical questions.
Online resources
William J. Stewart (2009), Probability, Markov Chains, Queues, and Simulation: The mathematical basis of performance modeling, Princeton University Press
Crispin Gardiner (2009), Stochastic Methods: A handbook for the natural and social sciences, 4th Edition , Springer 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Economics : General

Master [120] in Economics: General

Master [120] in Statistic: General

Master [120] in Economics: Econometrics