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The Discovery of Long-Run Causal Order: A Preliminary Investigation

Kevin Hoover ()

Econometrics, 2020, vol. 8, issue 3, 1-24

Abstract: The relation between causal structure and cointegration and long-run weak exogeneity is explored using some ideas drawn from the literature on graphical causal modeling. It is assumed that the fundamental source of trending behavior is transmitted from exogenous (and typically latent) trending variables to a set of causally ordered variables that would not themselves display nonstationary behavior if the nonstationary exogenous causes were absent. The possibility of inferring the long-run causal structure among a set of time-series variables from an exhaustive examination of weak exogeneity in irreducibly cointegrated subsets of variables is explored and illustrated.

Keywords: graphical causal modeling; causal search; cointegrated vector autoregression (CVAR); weak exogeneity; irreducible cointegrating relations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B23 C C00 C01 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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