ECON20003 Quantitative Methods 2
ECON20003 Quantitative Methods 2
Second Semester, 2017
Due date and time: Monday 9 October, 4:00PM
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Question 1 (42 marks, 6 for each part)
The file nels.wf1 contains 1000 observations taken from a National Education Longitudinal
study in the U.S. for the year 1988. The study was taken over 1988-1994 and was concerned
with access and choice in post-secondary education. We wish to model the probability that an
individual who is finishing high school goes on to university. The variables that we focus on
UNI = 1 if an individual went to university, and 0 otherwise.
GRADES = average high school grade in maths, English and social studies on a 13
point scale with 1 being the highest.
FAMINC = family income in $10,000 units.
PARUNI = 1 if the most educated parent had successfully completed a university
degree, and 0 otherwise.
FEMALE = 1 if the individual is female, and 0 otherwise.
(a) Estimate a logit model for UNI as a function of GRADES, FAMINC, PARUNI, and
FEMALE. Use these estimates to answer parts (b) to (e).
(b) Estimate the marginal effect of FAMINC on the probability of a son going to university
if he has GRADES = 6 and comes from a family with income $80,000 and a parent with
a University degree.
(c) Find a 95% interval estimate for the quantity in part (b).
(d) Consider a daughter who has GRADES = 3 and comes from the same family described in
part (b). Estimate the probability that she attends University.
(e) How would the estimated probability in part (d) change if neither parent had a
(f) How does the probability in part (d) compare with that obtained using the linear
(g) How does the probability in part (d) compare with that obtained using the probit model?
Question 2 (48 marks, 6 for each part)
The file gwth.wf1 contains quarterly observations on Australian GDP growth (GWTH) from
1979Q4 to 2016Q1.
(a) Graph the observations against time using EViews’ View/Graph. Comment on whether
the mean and/or variance of the series appear to change over time.
(b) A recession is often defined as three or more successive quarters of negative growth.
Using the graph and/or the spreadsheet of observations, find the periods in which the
Australian economy was in recession.
(c) Find the sample autocorrelations
1 1 cor ,t t r GWTH GWTH , 2 2 cor ,t t r GWTH GWTH ,
3 3 cor ,t t r GWTH GWTH , 4 4 cor ,t t r GWTH GWTH
Are they significantly different from zero at a 5% level of significance?
(d) Estimate an AR(2) model for GWTH. Use it to obtain forecasts and standard errors of
forecast errors for growth in 2016Q2, 2016Q3, and 2016Q4.
(e) Is there evidence that the residuals from the AR(2) model in part (d) are autocorrelated?
If so, what are the implications of this correlation?
(f) Estimate an AR(5) model for GWTH. Use it to obtain forecasts and standard errors of
forecast errors for growth in 2016Q2, 2016Q3, and 2016Q4. How do these forecasts and
standard errors compare with those obtained in part (d)?
(g) Use the results from part (f) to find a 95% interval forecast for growth in 2016Q4.
(h) Is there evidence that the residuals from the AR(5) model in part (f) are autocorrelated?