180.608 -- Macroeconometrics II:
The course is an attempt to provide a framework for discussing the techniques that are used in macroeconometric analysis. Generally the bias that it has is one of looking at these from the perspective of someone analyzing macroeconomic data for policy analysis. Consequently, many of the applications considered are drawn from the type of research conducted in central banks and finance ministries. Its emphasis is therefore upon the issues raised by the analysis of time series of macro-economic data. Today there is an emerging literature that looks at microeconomic data as well as conducting cross-country studies. We will tend to ignore that material as the methods used in such research are essentially those of microeconometrics, although sometimes with adjustments made to reflect the nature of macroeconomic time series.