# Is Square Root of the Variance of a Regression Coefficient the Standard Error?

Quick question, in the textbook "Introductory Econometrics", the variance of a Regression Coefficient is given as:

$var(\hat\beta_j) = \frac{\sigma^2}{SST_j(1-R_j^2)}$

where, $SST_j$= $\sum_{i=1}^n (x_{ij}-\bar x)^2$

$\sigma^2$ is the variance of errors of y against its predicted values

$R_j^2$ is the strength of fit when regressing the jth predictor against the other predictors.

So am I right in assuming that the Standard Error of the Regression Coefficient is the square root of this $var(\hat\beta)$ value?

• You're correct. "Standard error" is used in two senses, one to refer to $\sqrt{var(\hat{\beta}_j)}$ and another to refer to the estimate that results from replacing $\sigma^2$ with an estimate in $\sqrt{var(\hat{\beta}_j)}$
– user179309
Jan 8 '18 at 4:34