So in computing the variance-covariance matrix for β-hat in an OLS model, we arrive at(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

VarCov(β-hat)=(σ_ε)^2E{[X'X]^-1}

However, I'm incredulous as to how X is considered non-stochastic and how we can just eliminate the expectation sign and have

VarCov(β-hat)=(σ_ε)^2[X'X]^-1

I'm accepting this to be true (since it's so written in the text) but I'm taking a leap of faith here: if this is true, the elements in the VarCov matrix are expressed in terms of sample statistics and are therefore stochastic. I thought that the variance of an estimator of a parameter, if consistent, should be a deterministic parameter itself and should not depend on the sample observations (besides sample size, n), such as the ones we see in using Cramer-Rao lower bound to determine efficiency. Likely I'm understanding something wrong here, any pointers would be greatly appreciated!

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# Having trouble understanding variance of OLS estimator

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