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COWLES FOUNDATION DISCUSSION PAPER NO. 1803

A Practical Asymptotic Variance Estimator
for Two-Step Semiparametric Estimators

Daniel Ackerberg, Xiaohong Chen, and Jinyong Hahn

May 2011

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 already-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.

Keywords: Two-step semiparametrics

JEL Classification: C14