In this talk we propose a new nonparametric test for conditional independence that can directly be applied to test for Granger causality. Based on the comparison of copula densities, the test is easy to implement because it does not involve a weighting function in the test statistic, and it can be applied in general settings since there is no restriction on the dimension of the time series data. In fact, to apply the test, only a bandwidth is needed for the nonparametric copula. We prove that the test statistic is asymptotically pivotal under the null hypothesis, establish local power properties, and motivate the validity of the bootstrap technique that we use in finite sample settings. We illustrate the empirical relevance of our test by focusing on Granger causality using financial time series data to test for nonlinear leverage versus volatility feedback effects and to test for causality between stock returns and trading volume. In a third application, we investigate Granger causality between macroeconomic variables (income, prices and money).

About the speaker: Jeroen Rombouts is Associate Professor at the Institute of Applied Economics at HEC Montreal, Canada. His areas of expertise stretch from Finance and Econometrics to Statistics and Bayesian Inference.


Associate Professor Jeroen Rombouts

Research Area

Statistics Seminar


Institute of Applied Economics at HEC Montreal, Canada


Fri, 19/03/2010 - 4:00pm