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The relationship between REIT property types and economic risk factors.

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Gary A. Patterson

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January 2009

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August 2014




This study examines the influence of macroeconomic risk factors upon Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that invest in distinct types of properties that represent different economic sectors. Although several studies have explored the impact that economic risk factors have upon Equity REITs, the focus was solely on REITs as a single group. The findings from this analysis reveal strong differences across property types in the influence that macroeconomic risk factors have upon REIT returns. These property-based variations also appear in the pattern of behavior between REIT returns and information shocks originating from changes in the economic risk factors. Test results also show evidence of size-based differences across and within property types in both overall sensitivity and in dynamic responses to changes in the economic risk factors. These findings provide additional insight into the risk exposures of real estate investments and the behavior of REIT returns that may have important implications for portfolio formation and risk management practices.


Citation only. Full text document is available through the publisher's link provided. Published in Academy of Business Disciplines Journal, 2009, v.1, 19-28.




Shippensburg University. School of Business

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