14.384 | Fall 2013 | Graduate

Time Series Analysis

Instructor Insights

Course Overview

This page focuses on the course 14.384 Time Series Analysis as it was taught by Prof. Anna Mikusheva in Fall 2013.

The course provides a survey of the theory and application of time series methods in econometrics. Topics covered will include univariate stationary and non-stationary models, vector autoregressions, frequency domain methods, models for estimation and inference in persistent time series, and structural breaks. The empirical applications in the course will be drawn primarily from macroeconomics.

This course is part of a sequence of courses on statistics and econometrics in the Economics Department.

Course Outcomes

Course Goals for Students

  • The main objective of this course is to develop the skills needed to do empirical research in fields operating with time series data sets.
  • The course aims to provide students with techniques and receipts for estimation and assessment of quality of economic models with time series data.
  • Special attention will be placed on limitations and pitfalls of different methods and their potential fixes.
  • The course will also emphasize recent developments in Time Series Analysis and will present some open questions and areas of ongoing research.

Instructor Interview


Prof. Mikusheva strongly believes that the best way to learn the techniques of the course is by doing. Every problem set will include an applied task that may include computer programming. She does not restrict the students in their choice of computer language. The professor also does not require her students to write all programs by themselves from scratch. They may use user-written parts of codes found on the Internet, but the instructor does require that students understand the program used and properly document it with all needed citations of original sources. Collaboration with other students on problem sets is encouraged, however, the problem sets should be written independently.

Curriculum Information


14.382 Econometrics

Requirements Satisfied

  • H-Level graduate credit
  • 14.384 can be applied toward a Ph.D. in Economics, but is not required.


Every fall semester


The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 60% Five problem sets
  • 40% Take-home final exam

Student Information


32 students

Breakdown by Major

This course is an advanced topic class intended for Ph.D. students in economics and finance. It is also popular among students pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering.

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 10.5 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:


Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session, for 26 sessions.


  • Met 1 time per week for 1.5 hours per session, for 13 sessions.
  • Led by a teaching assistant, the recitation sessions covered topics covered in the week’s lectures and included help with problem sets.

Out of Class

Students worked on five problems sets and a final exam taken at home.

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2013
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Notes
Problem Sets
Instructor Insights