Quantitative Methods II

This advanced course in econometrics is designed for the Cambridge MPhil in Finance and the MPhil in Management Science & Operations. The course gives an overview of the following concepts.

Course material

Week Lectures Exercises Lab sessions
1 Distributed lag model [Slides, R-script] Sheet 1 --
2 Stationarity testing [Slides, R-Script] Sheet 2 Unit Root Test and ADL Models [Handout, R-Script]
3 Introduction to time series: ARIMA models [Slides, R-Script] Sheet 3 --
4 ARCH and GARCH models [Slides, R-script] Sheet 4 ARIMA, ARCH and GARCH Models [Handout, R-Script]
5 Endogeneity and IV [Slides, R-Script] Sheet 5 --
6 SEM [Slides, R-Script] Sheet 6 Endogeneity, IV and SEM [Handout, R-Script]
7 Limited dependent variables [Slides, R-Script, Simulation] Sheet 7 --
8 Panel data [Slides, R-Script] -- Limited Dependent Variables and Panel Data [Handout, R-Script]


23, 30 Jan, 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb, 5, 15 Mar, all 2-4pm @ Keynes House 107

Lab sessions

2, 16 Feb, 2-4pm 2 Mar, 1-3pm 16 Mar, 2-4pm, all @ Judge Business School Computer Lab


  • Dougherty, C. (2007) Introduction to econometrics. Judge: HB139.D68 2007
  • Tsay, R. S. (2005) Analysis of Financial Time Series. Judge: HA30.3.T72 2005
  • Brooks, C. (2008) Introductory econometrics for finance. Judge: HG173.B76 2008
  • Wooldridge, J. M. (2009) Introductory econometrics: a modern approach. Judge: HB139.W66 2009
  • Greene, W. H. (2008) Econometric analysis. Judge: HB131.G73 2008


For the lab sessions we will use the software environment R. We will need the rgarch package to fit various advanced GARCH models. The package is available on the R-forge repository.

If you have at least R versions 2.13 or 2.12 you should be able to install the package using: install.packages("rgarch") with option repos="http://r-forge.r-project.org".

If you are working in the Judge computer lab, follow three simple steps:

  • Right-click on the following link rgarch+dependencies.zip and save the zip file on your machine.
  • Extract the zip-file and save the 9 unzipped packages in your R library-folder ‘C:\Program Files\R\library’.
  • In the R console, type: library(rgarch)


Good references for the methods covered in this advanced course are Grant Farnsworth’s Econometrics in R and the UCLA Resources to help you learn and use R.

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