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Multiple Choice Test Bank Questions No Feedback Chapter 6

Correct answers denoted by an asterisk.

1. Which of the following are characteristics of vector autoregressive (VAR) models?

(i) They are typically a-theoretical and data driven
(ii) they can easily lead to overfitting
(iii) all variables on the right hand side of the equation are pre-determined
(iv) their interpretation is often difficult from a theoretical perspective

(a) * (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

(b) (i), (ii), and (iv) only
(c) (i) and (ii) only
(d) (i) and (iv) only

For questions 2 and 3, consider the following set of simultaneous equations:

Y1t 0 1Y2t 2Y3t 4 X 1t u1t (1)
Y2t 0 1Y1t 2 X 1t 3 X 2t 4 X 3t u 2t ( 2)
Y3t 0 1Y1t u 3t ( 3)
Assume that the Ys are endogenous and the Xs exogenous variables, and that the error
terms are uncorrelated.

2. Which of the following statement is true of equation (3)?

(a) According to the order condition, it is not identified

(b) According to the order condition, it is just identified
(c) * According to the order condition, it is over-identified
(d) There is insufficient information given in the question to determine whether the
equation is identified or not.

3. Estimation of equation (2) on its own using OLS would result in

(a) Consistent and unbiased coefficient estimates

(b) Consistent coefficient estimates which might be biased in small samples
(c) Inconsistent but unbiased coefficient estimates
(d) * Coefficient estimates that are neither unbiased nor consistent.

4. Which of the following statements is incorrect?

(a) Equations that are part of a recursive system can be validly estimated using OLS
(b) Unnecessary use of two-stage least squares (2SLS) - i.e. on a set of right hand side
variables that are in fact exogenous - will result in consistent but inefficient coefficient
(c) 2SLS is just a special case of instrumental variables (IV) estimation.
(d) * 2SLS and indirect least squares (ILS) are equivalent for over-identified systems.
5. Which of the following could be viewed as a disadvantage of the vector autoregressive
(VAR) approach to modelling?

(a) We do not need to specify which variables are endogenous and which are exogenous
(b) Standard form VARs can be estimated equation-by-equation using OLS
(c) * VARs often contain a large number of terms
(d) VARs can be expressed using a very compact notation.

6. Consider the following bivariate VAR(2):

y1t 10 11 y1t 1 12 y1t 2 13 y 2t 1 14 y 2t 2 u1t
y 2t 20 21 y1t 1 22 y1t 2 23 y 2t 1 24 y 2t 2 u 2t
Which of the following coefficient significances are required to be able to say that y1
Granger-causes y2 but not the other way around?

(a) 13 and 14 significant; 21 and 22 not significant

(b) * 21 and 22 significant; 13 and 14 not significant
(c) 21 and 23 significant; 11 and 13 not significant
(d) 11 and 13 significant; 21 and 23 not significant

7. Which of the following statements is true concerning VAR impulse response

(i) Impulse responses help the researcher to investigate the interactions between the
variables in the VAR.
(ii) An impulse response analysis is where we examine the effects of applying unit shocks
to all of the variables at the same time.
(iii) Impulse responses involve calculating the proportion of the total forecast error
variance of a given variable is explained by innovations to each variable.
(iv) If the 2 standard error bars around the impulse responses for a given lag span (i.e.
include) the x-axis, it would be said that the response is statistically significant.

(a) (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv)

(b) (i), (ii) and (iii) only
(c) (i) only
(d) * (i) and (ii) only

8. In the context of simultaneous equations modelling, which of the following statements

is true concerning an exogenous variable?
(a) The values of exogenous variables are determined within the system
(b) * The exogenous variables are assumed to be fixed in repeated samples
(c) Reduced form equations will not contain any exogenous variables on the RHS
(d) Reduced form equations will contain only exogenous variables on the LHS

9. Comparing the information criteria approach with the likelihood ratio test approach to
determining the optimal VAR lag length, which one of the following statements is true?
(a) The choice of stiffness of penalty term will not affect the model choice
(b) The validity of information criteria relies upon normal residuals
(c) * Conducting a likelihood ratio test could lead to a sub-optimal model selection
(d) An application of the univariate information criteria to each equation will give
identical results to the application of a multivariate version of the criteria to all of the
equations jointly

10. The second stage in two-sage least squares estimation of a simultaneous system
would be to
(a) Estimate the reduced form equations
(b) * Replace the endogenous variables that are on the RHS of the structural equations
with their reduced form fitted values
(c) Replace all endogenous variables in the structural equations with their reduced form
fitted values
(d) Use the fitted values of the endogenous variables from the reduced forms as
additional variables in the structural equations.