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Engle-Granger (EG) and Augmented Engle-Granger (AEG) cointegration tests and 2-> step ECM estimation

egrangervarlist[,ecmLags(#)TRendQTRendREGress]

Description

egrangerconducts tests for cointegration proposed by Engle and Granger (1987), reporting test statistics plus critical values calculated by MacKinnon (1990, 2010).egrangerwill also estimate an ECM (Error Correction Mechanism) model using the 2-step procedure proposed by Engle and Granger (1987).

egrangerrequires Stata 9.0 or higher.

Engle-Granger tests for cointegrationThe Engle-Granger (EG) test for cointegration is a two-step residual-based test. Say that we suspect that the variables y, x_1, ..., x_k are cointegrated. The simplest form of the test is performed as follows. First, y is regressed on a constant and x_1, ..., x_k and the residuals are calculated. Then, the first difference of the residuals is regressed on the lagged level of the residuals without a constant. The test statistic is the traditional OLS t-statistic on the lagged residual. Under the null hypothesis that y and x_1, ..., x_k are not cointegrated, the residual should be non-stationary, hence the resemblance of the EG test to the Dickey-Fuller test for non-stationarity (see dfuller). Rejection of the null is evidence the residual is stationary, i.e., that the series are indeed cointegrated.

The EG test requires the error terms to be serially independent. If this is not the case, lags of the first difference of the residual can be included in the second (test) regression so that the residuals in that regression appear serially uncorrelated. This version of the test is usually known as the Augmented Engle-Granger (AEG) test. The number of desired lags is specified by the

lags(#)option.A linear or quadratic trend may be included in the first-step regression by using the

trendorqtrendoptions.The distributions of the EG/AEG test statistics are non-standard, and depend on the number of series being tested, the sample size, and whether a linear or quadratic trend is included. MacKinnon (1990, 2010) has computed response surface regressions which provide critical values for all these cases. These are the critical reported by

egranger.The EG/AEG test can be seen as a robust alternative to the Johansen tests for cointegration available via Stata's

vecrank. The EG test makes fewer distributional assumptions, but, unlikevecrank, does not allow the identification of the number of cointegrating vectors. In some applications this last limitation may not be important, e.g., in the bivariate case when there are only two variables and hence at most one cointegrating relationship.

Engle-Granger two-step ECM model estimationEngle and Granger (1987) also proposed a two-step method for estimating ECM (Error Correction Mechanism) models.

The first step is identical to the first step in the EG/AEG test procedure described above. In the second step, the first difference of y is regressed on the lagged level of the first-step residual and the lagged first differences of x_1, ..., x_k using OLS. The coefficient on the lagged residual is an estimate of the ECM "speed of correction" parameter.

The EG two-step ECM estimation is obtained by specifying the

ecmoption. Lags of y and x can be included by specifying thelags(#)option:lags(1)causes the lagged first difference of y to be added to the second-step ECM alongside the lagged first difference of x;lags(tau)where tau>1 causes lags 1..tau of the first differences of y and x to appear in the second-step ECM.

Saved results and postestimation options

egrangeruses Stata'sregressto estimate the test regression and ECM. All the mainregressresults are preserved afteregrangerhas run. This allows the user to employ Stata's built-in postestimation commands forregressafteregrangeris used. In particular, the standardregresspostestimation commands can be used to obtain information criteria and to test for serial correlation in the EG/AEG test regression or ECM estimation regression.In addition to the standard

regressresults,egrangersaves the following:Variables

_egresidFirst-step residualsScalars

e(lags)Number of lags in the test or second-step regressione(N1)Sample size in the first-step regressione(N2)Sample size in the second-step regressionScalars (EG and AEG tests only)

e(Zt)EG/AEG test statistice(cv1)EG/AEG 1% critical valuee(cv5)EG/AEG 5% critical valuee(cv10)EG/AEG 10% critical value

Options

ecmrequests that the Engle-Granger two-step ECM is estimated. The default is to report the EG/AEG cointegration test.

lags(#)specifies the number of lags of the first difference of the residuals to include in the AEG test regression or the number of lags of first differences of the potentially cointegrating variables to include in the ECM second-step regression.

trendspecifies that a linear trend is included in the first-step regression.

qtrendspecifies that a quadratic trend is included in the first-step regression.

regressrequests that the first-step and (if applicable) EG/AEG test regressions are reported.

Examples(Cointegration test)

. webuse rdinc

. egranger ln_ne ln_se

. egranger ln_ne ln_se, lags(2)

. egranger ln_ne ln_se, lags(2) trend

. egranger ln_ne ln_se ln_me, lags(1) qtrend

(Report the internal 1st-step and test regressions)

. egranger ln_ne ln_se, lags(2) regress

(Replicate the above test by hand)

. regress ln_ne ln_se

. predict double resid, res

. regress D.resid L.resid L(1/2)D.resid, nocons

(Two-step ECM estimation)

. egranger ln_ne ln_se, ecm

(Use

lags(#)option). egranger ln_ne ln_se, ecm lags(2)

(Report the internal 1st-step regression)

. egranger ln_ne ln_se, ecm lags(2) regress

(Replicate the above 2-step ECM estimation by hand)

. regress ln_ne ln_se

. capture drop resid

. predict double resid, res

. regress D.ln_ne L.resid L(1/2)D.(ln_ne ln_se)

Citation

egrangeris not an official Stata command. It is a free contribution to the research community, like a paper. Please cite it as such:Schaffer, M.E. 2010. egranger: Engle-Granger (EG) and Augmented Engle-Granger (AEG) cointegration tests and 2-step ECM estimation. http://ideas.repec.org/c/boc/bocode/s457210.html

ReferencesEngle, R.F. and Granger, C.W.J. 1987. "Co-integration and Error Correction: Representation, Estimation and Testing" Econometrica, Vol. 55, pp. 251–276.

MacKinnon, James G. 1990, 2010. Critical Values for Cointegration Tests. Queen's Economics Department Working Paper No. 1227, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Available at http://ideas.repec.org/p/qed/wpaper/1227.html.

AuthorMark E Schaffer, Heriot-Watt University, UK m.e.schaffer@hw.ac.uk

AcknowledgementsThanks to Julia Darby and the students in the SGPE QM1 course for the impetus for writing this program, and to Kit Baum for feedback on the program and help file.

Also seeManual:

[TS] dfuller;[TS] vec intro;[TS] vecrankOn-line: help for dfuller; vec intro; vecrank