Auto regressive distributed lag model (ARDL) and its advantages

Auto regressive Distributed Lag Models (ARDL) model plays a vital role when comes a need to analyze a  economic scenario. In an economy, change in any economic variables may bring change in another economic variables beyond the time. This change in a variable is not what reflects immediately, but it distributes over future periods. Not only macroeconomic variables, other variables such as loss or profit earned by a firm in a year can affect the brand image of an organization over the period.

For instance: effect of a profit making decision taken by an organization in a year may have influence on the profit and brand image of an organization in the time t along with future periods such as t + 1, t + 2 and so on. Thus, the long and short run behavioral consequences of a variable on other variable bring the role of distributed lag model in the scenario.

The below function represents the lag effect of a variable on other variables and its own lags as well

Yt =f( Xt, Xt-1, Xt-2,……) , where, t-i represents the number of lags.

In order to determine, the dynamic influence of a variable on other variables, there occurs multiple distributed lag models such as polynomial, geometric and other distributed lag models in econometrics.

However, ARDL model addresses the distributed lag problem more efficiently than these models.

ARDL model

An ARDL (Autoregressive-distributed lag) is parsimonious infinite lag distributed model. The term “autoregressive” shows that along with getting explained by the xt’ , yt also gets explained by its own lag also. Equation of ARDL(m,n) is as follows:

yt = β0 + β1yt-1 + …….+ βpyt-m + α0xt + α1xt-1 + α2xt-2 + ……… + αqxt-n + εt

Here, m and n are the number of years for lag, εt is the disturbance terms and βi’s are coefficient for short run and αi’s are coefficients for long run relationship.

Lacks in distributed lag models other than ARDL

Collinearity emerges as a major issue while dealing with any econometrics model. The finite distributed lag model requires dealing with the collinearity issue by choosing an optimal lag length. The polynomial distributed lag (PDL) removes the collinearity by making the lag weights lie on its curve.

In infinite lag model there are infinite numbers of parameters to estimate which is complex to solve. This  model solves issues of specifying a certain length of lags. On contrary, it requires to impose a structure on the lag lengths by making the model non-linear. In addition to this, Geometric model works as an infinite lag distributed model. This model puts the successive lag weights in this models decline geometrically.

On the other hand, ARDL model addresses the issue of collinearity by allowing the lag of dependent variable in the model with other independent variables and their lags.

Assumptions for ARDL Model

  • Absence of auto correlation is the very first requirement of ARDL. The model requires that the error terms should have no autocorrelation with each other.
  • There should not occur any heteroscedasticity in the data. In simple terms, the variance and mean should remain constant throughout the model.
  • The data should follow normal distribution.
  • Data should have stationary either on I(0) or I(1) or on both. In addition to this,  if any of the variable in the data has stationary at l(2), ARDL Model cannot run.

Priya Chetty

Partner at Project Guru
Priya is a master in business administration with majors in marketing and finance. She is fluent with data modelling, time series analysis, various regression models, forecasting and interpretation of the data. She has assisted data scientists, corporates, scholars in the field of finance, banking, economics and marketing.
5 thoughts on “Auto regressive distributed lag model (ARDL) and its advantages”
  1. Avatar Bedada Shambel 1 year & 4 months ago

    I thank you for being your member.

  2. Avatar Tosser 11 months ago

    If dependent variable is I(2).then is it ok to run ARDL model?

    • Avatar Saptarshi 11 months ago

      Hi Tosser,

      If the dependent variable in your model is I(2), then ARDL is not the appropriate model to run as mentioned in the assumption section in this article. You can also refer to the paper by Pesaran, Shin and Smith (2001) published in the Journal of Applied Econometrics for this. It is a very important paper on the topic of ARDL. It mentions that for ARDL to run, the independent variables can be a mixture of I(0) and I(1), and the dependent variable needs to be I(1). Therefore you will have to check the stationarity in all the variables. If the dependent variable is I(2), ARDL cannot be applied. Same applies for the independent variables, that is, none of them can be I(2) in an ARDL model.

  3. Avatar taxah 7 months & 1 week ago

    so if i run OLS on my data and RESET is 0.0000 i can use the ARDL? my topic is impact of trade openness on the manufacturing sector perfomance of zimbabwe

  4. Avatar dan h 3 months & 1 week ago

    Kindly, when is the restricted over unrestricted trend and or constant adopted in endogenous models like the ardl to say?

    I humble to hear from you.