Training Calendar

Forecasting & Macroeconomic Modelling Using Stata

  • Location: Cass Business School, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ
  • Duration: 3 days (5th April 2017 - 7th April 2017)
  • Software: Stata
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Delivered By: Prof. Sean Holly (University of Cambridge)
  • Topic: Econometrics, Forecasting, Macroeconomics, Statistics
Forecasting & Macroeconomic Modelling Using Stata

Course Overview

In this three-day course that runs in London on 5-7 April 2017 we cover how to create and assess forecasting models to predict macroeconomic variables such as inflation and economic growth. We look at time series forecasting and the fundamentals of constructing a model, checking diagnostics, VAR models and cointegration.

Hands-on and interactive demonstrations and practical sessions are delivered using Stata. Free (temporary) training licenses will be provided to all attendees for the duration of the course.

Timberlake are the official Stata distributor to the UK & Ireland, UK & Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Middle East & North Africa and Brazil.

Course Agenda

Learning ratio

  • 40% theory, 35% demonstration and 25% practical

Day 1

Taught Session 1: Using Stata for Time Series Forecasting

  • Data handling
  • Constructing a model
  • The order of differencing
  • Identifying the AR and MA components
  • Diagnostic checking
  • Forecasting with the model
  • Evaluating forecast accuracy

Practical Session 1: Estimation and Forecasting using a Single Time Series

Taught Session 2: Stationarity and Forecasting

  • Testing for stationarity
  • The order of integration
  • Trend stationarity
  • The spurious regression problem

Practical Session 2: Dealing with Non-Stationary Time Series

Day 2

Taught Session 3: Estimation and Diagnostic Testing

  • Preliminary data investigation 
  • Estimation methods    
  • Simple regression      
  • Testing for misspecification:
    1. The test for serial correlation
    2. Test for heteroscedasticity
    3. Test for non-normality of the residuals
    4. Tests for stability
    5. Structural change
  • General to specific modelling

Practical Session 3: Estimation and Diagnostic Testing

Taught Session 4: Cointegration

  • Error correction models
  • The Johansen test

Practical Session 4: Testing For Cointegration

Day 3

Taught Session 5: Vector Autoregressions

  • Vector autoregressions
  • Estimating a VAR

Practical Session 5: Estimating VAR Models and using the Johansen Test

Taught Session 6: Setting up a Model and Generating Forecasts and Simulations

Practical Session 6: Constructing a Model

Preparatory reading before the course

  • Enders, W., (2012). Applied Econometric Times Series, 3rd Ed., Wiley.
  • Associating yourself with the Stata Help Files. The PDF manuals provided within Stata are extensive and searchable. They provide detailed information regarding each topic and we therefore advise attendees to familiarise themselves with this information and the search process available within the software.

Suggested reading after the course


  • Griffiths, W. E., Hill, R. C., and Judge, G.C., (1993). Learning and Practicing Econometrics, Wiley.
    A comprehensive description of econometrics written with the practitioner rather than the theorist in mind.
  • Charemza , W. W., and Deadman, D. F., (1997). New Directions in Econometric Practice: General to Specific Modelling, Cointegration and Vector Autoregression, 2nd Ed., Edward Elger.
    This book reviews modern approaches to time series econometrics. It is strongest on the ’Hendry’ approach though the section on Vector Autoregressions is also well worth reading.
  • Verbeek, M., (2000). A Guide to Modern Econometrics, Wiley.
    A relatively advanced text which covers a lot of recent material.
  • Dougherty, C., (2000). Introduction to Econometrics, 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press.
    A useful basic text. This is pitched at the level of an undergraduate econometrics module.
  • ujarati, D., (1999). Essentials of Econometrics, McGraw-Hill International Editions.
    Similar to Dougherty (see above). This is aimed at the undergraduate market but is also useful reference material for more advanced students.
  • Mills, T. C., (1990). Time Series Techniques for Economists, Cambridge University Press.
    This text has been around for a number of years now but its account of time series modelling - Box-Jenkins and VAR analysis - is still hard to beat.
  • Mills, T. C., (1999) The Econometric Modelling of Financial Time Series, Cambridge University Press.
    An excellent account of time series modelling of financial series from the point of view of the econometrician rather than the financial analyst.
  • Campbell, J. W., Lo, A. W., and MacKinlay, A. C., (1997). The Econometrics of Financial Markets, Princeton University Press.
    This is perhaps the standard work on the econometrics of financial markets.

Methodology References

  • Kennedy, P. E., (2002). Sinning in the Basement: What are the Rules? The Ten Commandments of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Surveys, 16(4), pp. 569-589.
    A useful survey of how applied econometrics is actually done rather than how the textbooks say it should be done. See also the responses by Hendry, Magnus and Smith in the same edition.
  • Gilbert, C. L., (1986). Professor Hendry's Econometric Methodology, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol 48, pp.283-307.
    A good review of the general-to-specific methodology and the Hendry approach to econometrics.


  • Intermediate level University training (or equivalent) in econometrics is essential. Basic knowledge of time series concepts such as ARMA models, stationarity vs. non-stationarity and forecasting is required
  • Familiarity with Stata fundamentals (built-in functions) is required

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 in the region, 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.

The number of seats available is restricted. Please register early to guarantee your place.

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