Vector Autoregression (VAR) using EViews

  • Location: Cass Business School, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ
  • Duration: 3 days (18th September 2017 - 20th September 2017)
  • Software: EViews
  • Level: Advanced, Intermediate
  • Delivered By: Prof. Lorenzo Trapani, Cass Business School
  • Topic: Econometrics, Various methods
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Course Overview

Vector Autoregression (VAR) is used to capture the linear interdependencies among multiple time series.

The course will cover: stationary VARs, starting from the basics and tackling more advanced techniques such as dealing with over-parameterisation via Bayesian estimation; non stationary VARs and Johansen approach to cointegration; and structural VARs, and what can be done in EViews 9, will also be explored.

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Course Agenda

Day 1 - Stationary VARs

Session 1: Stationary VARs (Part 1)

  • VAR representation and estimation

Session 2: Stationary VARs (Part 2)

  • Testing with multivariate regression
  • Granger causality
  • Lag selection
  • Misspecification tests
  • VAR forecasting

Session 3: Bayesian VARs (Part 1)

  • Introductory notions on priors and shrinkage
  • The BVAR object in EViews

Session 4: Bayesian VARs (Part 2)

  • Further discussion of priors; exercises on stationary VARS and BVARS

Day 2 - Non-Stationary VARs

Session 1: Non-Stationary VARs (Part 1)

  • Cointegrated VARS in EViews: Johansen’s test for cointegration

Session 2: Non-Stationary VARs (Part 2)

  • The Vector (Error) Correction Model (VECM)
  • Estimating and interpreting a VECM in EViews

Session 3: Non-Stationary VARs (Part 3)

  • Granger causality analysis in cointegrated VAR
  • Forecasting

Session 4: More on the impulse response function

  • Worked examples using VARS, non-stationary VARS and BVARS

Day 3 - Structural VARs and foundations of time-varying VARs

Session 1: Structural VARs (Part 1)

  • Structural restrictions: syntax and preliminary information

Session 2: Structural VARs (Part 2)

  • Short-run restrictions: theory, obtaining response to shocks and exercises

Session 3: Structural VARs (Part 3)

  • Long-run restrictions: theory, obtaining response to shocks and exercises

Session 4: Time varying VARs

  • An introduction to the time-varying parameter model in EViews; specifying a multivariate time varying parameter model

Principal texts for pre-course reading

  • Hamilton, J.D., 1994. Time Series Analysis. Princeton University Press.

Principal texts for post-course reading

  • Pesaran, M.H., 2015. Time Series and Panel Data Econometrics. Oxford University Press.

Daily Timetable

Subject to minor changes

09:00-09:20   Registration
09:30-11:00   Session 1
11:00-11:15   Tea/coffee break
11:15-12:45   Session 2
12:45-14:00   Lunch
14:00-15:15   Session 3
15:15-15:30   Tea/coffee break
15:30-17:00   Session 4


  • Econometrics knowledge - Knowledge of basic econometrics (at a minimum: time series regression, least squares estimation, mis-specification testing, univariate cointegration).
  • Software knowledge - In terms of software knowledge: basic knowledge of EViews (any version, although version 9 is preferable).

Terms & Conditions

  • Student registrations: Attendees must provide proof of full time student status at the time of booking to qualify for student registration rate (valid student ID card or authorised letter of enrolment).
  • Additional discounts are available for multiple registrations.
  • Cost includes course materials, lunch and refreshments.
  • Attendees are provided with temporary licences for the software(s) used in the course and will be instructed to download and install the software prior to the start of the course. Alternatively, we can also provide laptops for an additional cost of £12.00 per day.
  • If you need assistance in locating hotel accommodation, please notify us at the time of booking.
  • Payment of course fees required prior to the course start date.
  • Registration closes 5-calendar days prior to the start of the course.
    • 100% fee returned for cancellations made over 28-calendar days prior to start of the course.
    • 50% fee returned for cancellations made 14-calendar days prior to the start of the course.
    • No fee returned for cancellations made less than 14-calendar days prior to the start of the course.

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