*Introduction to Time Series Using Stata, Revised Edition*, by Sean Becketti, is a practical guide to working with time-series data using Stata. In this book, Becketti introduces time-series techniques—from simple to complex—and explains how to implement them using Stata. The many worked examples, concise explanations that focus on intuition, and useful tips based on the author’s experience make the book insightful for students, academic researchers, and practitioners in industry and government.

Becketti is a financial industry veteran with decades of experience in academics, government, and private industry. He was also a developer of Stata in its infancy and has been a regular Stata user since its inception. He wrote many of the first time-series commands in Stata. With his abundant knowledge of Stata and extensive experience with real-world time-series applications, Becketti provides advice and examples that bring each chapter to life.

For those new to Stata, the book begins with a mild yet fast-paced introduction to Stata, highlighting all the features you need to know to get started using Stata for time-series analysis. Before diving into analysis of time series, Becketti includes a quick refresher on statistical foundations such as regression and hypothesis testing.

The discussion of time-series analysis begins with techniques for smoothing time series. As the moving-average and Holt–Winters techniques are introduced, Becketti explains the concepts of trends, cyclicality, and seasonality and shows how they can be extracted from a series. The book then illustrates how to use these methods for forecasting. Although these techniques are sometimes neglected in other time-series books, they are easy to implement, can be applied quickly, often produce forecasts just as good as more complicated techniques, and, as Becketti emphasizes, have the distinct advantage of being easily explained to colleagues and policy makers without backgrounds in statistics.

Next, the book focuses on single-equation time-series models. Becketti discusses regression analysis in the presence of autocorrelated disturbances as well as the ARIMA model and Box–Jenkins methodology. An entire chapter is devoted to applying these techniques to develop an ARIMA-based model of U.S. GDP; this will appeal to practitioners, in particular, because it goes step by step through a real-world example: here is my series, now how do I fit an ARIMA model to it? The discussion of single-equation models concludes with a self-contained summary of ARCH/GARCH modeling.

In the final portion of the book, Becketti discusses multiple-equation models. He introduces VAR models and uses a simple model of the U.S. economy to illustrate all key concepts, including model specification, Granger causality, impulse–response analyses, and forecasting. Attention then turns to nonstationary time-series. Becketti masterfully navigates the reader through the often-confusing task of specifying a VEC model, using an example based on construction wages in Washington, DC, and surrounding states.

*Introduction to Time Series Using Stata, Revised Edition*, by Sean Becketti, is a first-rate, example-based guide to time-series analysis and forecasting using Stata. Researchers and students learning to analyze time-series data and those wanting to implement time-series methods in Stata will want a copy of this book at hand.

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**List of tables**

** List of figures**

**Preface** (PDF)

**Acknowledgments**

1.1 Getting started

1.1.2 Now some explanation

1.1.3 Navigating the interface

1.1.4 The gestalt of Stata

1.1.5 The parts of Stata speech

1.2 All about data

1.3 Looking at data

1.4 Statistics

1.4.2 Estimation

1.5 Odds and ends

1.6 Making a date

1.6.2 Transformers

1.7 Typing dates and date variables

1.8 Looking ahead

2.2 Hypothesis tests

2.3 Linear regression

2.3.2 Instrumental variables

2.3.3 FGLS

2.4 Multiple-equation models

2.5 Time series

2.5.2 ARMA models

3.1 Preparing to analyze a time series

3.1.1 Questions for all types of data

What is the relationship between the data and the phenomenon of interest?

Who compiled the data?

What processes generated the data?

3.1.2 Questions specifically for time-series data

Are the data seasonally adjusted?

Are the data revised?

3.2 The four components of a time series

Cycle

Seasonal

3.3 Some simple filters

3.3.2 Smoothing a cycle

3.3.3 Smoothing a seasonal pattern

3.3.4 Smoothing real data

3.4 Additional filters

3.4.2 EWMAs

dexponential: Double-exponential moving averages

3.4.3 Holt–Winters smoothers

shwinters: Holt–Winters smoothers including a seasonal component

3.5 Points to remember

4.1 Forecast fundamentals

4.1.2 Measuring the quality of a forecast

4.1.3 Elements of a forecast

4.2 Filters that forecast

4.2.2 Forecasting a trending series with a seasonal component

4.3 Points to remember

4.4 Looking ahead

5.1 Autocorrelation

5.2 Regression models with autocorrelated disturbances

5.2.2 Example: Mortgage rates (cont.)

5.3 Testing for autocorrelation

5.4 Estimation with first-order autocorrelated data

5.4.1 Model 1: Strictly exogenous regressors and autocorrelated disturbances

The transformation strategy

The FGLS strategy

Comparison of estimates of model 1

5.4.2 Model 2: A lagged dependent variable and i.i.d. errors

5.4.3 Model 3: A lagged dependent variable with AR(1) errors

The IV strategy

5.5 Estimating the mortgage rate equation

5.6 Points to remember

6.2 Lag polynomials: Notation or prestidigitation?

6.3 The ARMA model

6.4 Stationarity and invertibility

6.5 What can ARMA models do?

6.6 Points to remember

6.7 Looking ahead

7.2 The Box–Jenkins approach

7.3 Specifying an ARMA model

7.3.2 Step 2: Mind your p’s and q’s

7.4 Estimation

7.5 Looking for trouble: Model diagnostic checking

7.5.2 Tests of the residuals

7.6 Forecasting with ARIMA models

7.7 Comparing forecasts

7.8 Points to remember

7.9 What have we learned so far?

7.10 Looking ahead

8.2 ARCH: A model of time-varying volatility

8.3 Extensions to the ARCH model

8.3.2 Other extensions

Variations in volatility affect the mean of the observable series

Nonnormal errors

Odds and ends

8.4 Points to remember

9.1 Vector autoregressions

9.2 A VAR of the U.S. macroeconomy

9.2.2 Testing a VAR for stationarity

9.2.3 Forecasting

9.3 Who’s on first?

9.3.2 Summarizing temporal relationships in a VAR

How to impose order

FEVDs

Using Stata to calculate IRFs and FEVDs

9.4 SVARs

9.4.2 Examples of a long-run SVAR

9.5 Points to remember

9.6 Looking ahead

10.2 Testing for unit roots

10.3 Cointegration: Looking for a long-term relationship

10.4 Cointegrating relationships and VECMs

10.5 From intuition to VECM: An example

Step 2: Identify the number of lags

Step 3: Identify the number of cointegrating relationships

Step 4: Fit a VECM

Step 5: Test for stability and white-noise residuals

Step 6: Review the model implications for reasonableness

10.6 Points to remember

10.7 Looking ahead

11.2 What did we miss?

11.2.2 Additional Stata time-series features

Univariate models

Multivariate models

11.3 Farewell