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A Practical Asymptotic Variance Estimator for Two-Step Semiparametric Estimators

  • Daniel Ackerberg

    (University of Michigan)

  • Xiaohong Chen

    (Yale University)

  • Jinyong Hahn

    (UCLA)

The goal of this paper is to develop techniques to simplify semiparametric inference. We do this by deriving a number of numerical equivalence results. These illustrate that in many cases, one can obtain estimates of semiparametric variances using standard formulas derived in the well-known parametric literature. This means that for computational purposes, an empirical researcher can ignore the semiparametric nature of the problem and do all calculations as if it were a parametric situation. We hope that this simplicity will promote the use of semiparametric procedures. © 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 481-498

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