Friday, May 17, 2013

What's the Variance of a Sample Variance?

This post is really pitched at students who are taking a course or two in introductory economic statistics. It relates to a couple of estimators of the variance of a population that we all meet in such courses - plus another one that you might not have met. In addition, I'll be emphasising the fact that some "standard" results depend crucially on certain assumptions. Not surprisingly - but  not always made clear by instructors and text books.