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Testing for Granger (non)-Causality in a Time Varying Coefficient VAR Model

  • Dimitris K. Christopoulos
  • Miguel Leon-Ledesma


In this paper we propose Granger (non-)causality tests based on a VAR model allowing for time-varying coefficients. The functional form of the time-varying coefficients is a Logistic Smooth Transition Autoregressive (LSTAR) model using time as the transition variable. The model allows for testing Granger non-causality when the VAR is subject to a smooth break in the coefficients of the Granger causal variables. The proposed test then is applied to the money-output relationship using quarterly US data for the period 1952:2-2002:4. We find that causality from money to output becomes stronger after 1978:4 and the model is shown to have a good out of sample forecasting performance for output relative to a linear VAR model.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0802.

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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0802
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