ECON 511 (Fall 2007)

Time series econometrics: Theory and applications


Prof. Herman J. Bierens
Tel.: 865-4921, E-mail:
Office hours: Wednesday 1-3 PM in 510 Kern, and by appointment


Li Wang
Office hours: Wednesday 3-5 PM in B5 Sparks

Time and place:

Tuesday and Thurday 1:00-2:15 PM in 121 Thomas.

Objectives and grading

The objective of this course is to prepare the Ph.D. students in economics for the study of empirical macroeconomics, by providing a rigorous introduction to the theory and practice of time series analysis (univariate as well as multivariate time series, and stationary as well as non-stationary time series).

Each week a number of theoretical and/or empirical exercises will be assigned as homework. The theoretical homework serves as preparation for the midterm and final exams, and the empirical homework will prepare you for the term paper.

The final grade will be determined by the homework (10%), a written closed-book mid-term exam (30%), a written closed-book final exam (30%), and an empirical term paper (30%). The final exam will cover the material of the mid-term exam as well. If you score higher on the final exam than on the mid-term exam, the latter score will be ignored, and the final exam will count for 60% of the final grade. The term paper is due on the final exam date.

Prerequisite level

ECON 501 and ECON 510


There is no required textbook, except for the Chapters 7 and 8 in

This book has been used in ECON 501. I will use lecture notes for the other topics


  1. Stationary time series and limit laws
    • Hilbert spaces of random variables [B: Appendix to Ch. 7 + New note on Hilbert spaces]
    • The Wold decomposition [B: Ch. 7]
    • Weak laws of large numbers and consistency of M-estimators for stationary time series models [B: Ch. 7 + Lecture notes]
    • The martingale difference central limit theorem [B: Ch. 7]
    • Consistency and asymptotic normality of M-estimators of stationary time series models [B: Ch. 7]
  2. Stationary ARMA processes [Lecture notes]
  3. More about univariate stationary time series This material is for self-tuition. I will not give formal lectures about it, but only answer questions.
  4. Maximum Likelihood estimation of time series models [B: Ch. 8]
  5. Vector autoregressions and innovation response analysis [Lecture notes]
  6. Unit roots
  7. Cointegration

Theoretical homework assignments

  1. Assignment 1
  2. Assignment 2
  3. Assignment 3
  4. Assignment 4
  5. Assignment 5

Empirical homework assignments

  1. Assignment 1
  2. Assignment 2
  3. Assignment 3
  4. Assignment 4

Exam dates

Disability Message

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