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Part 2: Individual assignment

Right now, it is planned that the final assignment takes place on xxxday June xxx, 2021.

At xx:00 AM, all students get access to the assignments via E-Mail and/or Moodle. You have 2 hours to solve a problem set in a WORD or EXCEL or EVIEWS file.

In order to prevent cheating, it is planned to have slightly different versions of the problem set.

It is an “open book – open note” assignment, however cooperation between students is not allowed.

From 11:00 to 11:10 you have to save the WORD and/or EXCEL/EVIEWS files and turn them in via E-Mail:

From 11:15 to 11:45, a questionnaire survey in Moodle takes place. You have to answer questions which are to some extend related to the assignments which you previously solved in your WORD and/or EXCEL/EVIEWS files. Answers in the files and Moodle should be consistent.

In case that the Moodle system breaks down, you directly have to inform Mr. Saß via E-Mail.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to some of the most widely used methods in time series econometrics. In addition, the students get hands-on experience analyzing economic data by using Excel and EVIEWS.

  • Evaluation of macroeconometric models
  • Stationarity of time series
  • Forecasting of uncertainty and forecasting for policy analysis
  • Properties of time series data and model design
  • Dynamic specification and the use of vector auto-regression models (VARs) and error correction models (VECMs)

A second goal of the course is to expose students to massive open online courses (MOOC). This should prepare students for their own life long learning process. We follow the course

Macroeconomic forecasting provided by the International Monetary Fund. The course content, slides are available and videos are recorded by external lecturers. In the online sessions at the Viadrina, we will discuss these lecturers, give additional examples. We will use EVIEWS as an econometric software.