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Research Methodology in Finance


Welcome to this mandatory and important research methodology course in Finance. The importance of this course can be summarised in the following three questions:
1) What do I need in order to be able to identify the empirical predictions of a financial or economic theory?
2) What do I need in order to be able to test the empirical predictions of the theory?
3) What do I need in order to be able to critically evaluate the research methodology used in financial research?
Answer: Research Methodology in Finance.

Course content

Regression analysis

  • Classical linear regression model (CLRM)
  • CLRM assumptions and the diagnostic tests
  • Panel data

Time series modelling

  • Univariate time series analysis
    • Moving average (MA) processes
    • Autoregressive (AR) processes
    • ARMA processes
    • Box-Jenkings methodology
    • Forecasting in econometrics
  • Multivariate time series analysis
    • Vector autoregressive (VAR) models
    • Block significance and causality tests
    • Impulse responses and variance decompositions

Cointegration and volatility modelling

  • Cointegration: Modelling long-run financial behaviour
    • Stationarity and unit root testing
    • Cointegration
    • Error correction models
    • Testing for cointegration
    • Parameter estimation in cointegrated systems
  • Modelling volatility: GARCH models
    • Models for volatility
    • Autoregressive conditionally heteroscedastic (ARCH) models
    • Generalised ARCH (GARCH) models
    • Estimation of GARCH models

Information search strategies

  • Search strategies
  • Literature review articles
  • Evaluation of sources


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