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Empirical Project. Title: Interest Rates and Economic Growth Step 1: Read and understand the paper: “An Empirical Comparison of Alternative Models of Short-Term Interest Rates” by Chan, Karoly, Longstafff and Sanders, Journal of Finance (no 3, 1992).

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Empirical project

Empirical Project

Title: Interest Rates and Economic Growth

  • Step 1:Read and understandthe paper: “An Empirical Comparison of Alternative Models of Short-Term Interest Rates” by Chan, Karoly, Longstafff and Sanders, Journal of Finance (no 3, 1992).

  • Step 2: Get an empirical paper on interest rates and economic growth. A paper that relates interest rates at different maturities with some measure of economic growth in different countries.

  • Step 3: Try to replicate that paper. To do that you have to get the data, for instance from the data-base ECOWIN (25-04-07 you should handle in a piece of paper with the title of the paper you are going to replicate, a brief description of your empirical project, and a description of the data you will be using)

  • Step 4: Find the best univariate model for the two variables of step 2, having in mind the paper of step 1 and a forecasting criteria (10-05-07 you should handel a piece of paper showing the best univariate model you have obtained).

  • Step 5: Construct the best corresponding bivariate VAR model and the IRFs derived from it.

  • Step 6: Analyze Granger-causality, as well as cointegration. If possible carry on the Gonzalo-Granger permanent and transitory decomposition of both variables.

  • Step 7: Conclusions. You must handle in the project (No More than 3 pages) the day of the final exam. Remember that Science is Summary.


Some hints

Some Hints

  • Use JSTOR

  • Use the NBER working papers data-base

  • Use Google and Google-Scholar

  • See the book by Kerry Patterson (200): “An introduction to Applied Econometrics, a time series approach”


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