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Granger causality and the sampling of economic processes

  • McCrorie, J. Roderick
  • Chambers, Marcus J.

This paper provides a discussion of the developments in econometric modelling that are designed to deal with the problem of spurious Granger causality relationships that can arise from temporal aggregation.We outline the distortional e ects of using discrete time models that explicitly depend on the unit of time and outline a remedy of constructing timeinvariant discrete time models via a structural continuous time model.In an application to testing for money-income causality, we demonstrate the importance of incorporating exact temporal aggregation restrictions on the discrete time data.We do this by conducting causality tests in discrete time models that: (a) impose the temporal aggregation restrictions exactly; (b) impose the temporal aggregation restrictions approximately; and (c) do not impose these restrictions at all.

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Volume (Year): 132 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 311-336

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:132:y:2006:i:2:p:311-336
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