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Do REITs Outperform Stocks and Fixed-Income Assets? New Evidence from Mean-Variance and Stochastic Dominance Approaches

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  • Thomas C. Chiang

    ()
    (Department of Finance, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA)

  • Hooi Hooi Lean

    ()
    (School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia)

  • Wing-Keung Wong

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)

Abstract

This paper re-examines the performance of REITs, stocks, and fixed-income assets based on the preferences of risk-averse and risk-seeking investors using mean-variance and stochastic dominance approaches. Our findings indicate no first-order stochastic dominance and no arbitrage opportunity among these assets. However, our stochastic dominance results reveal that in order to maximize their expected utility, the risk-averse prefer fixed-income assets over real estate, which, in turn, is preferable to stocks. On the other hand, to maximize their expected utility, all risk-seeking investors would prefer to invest in stocks than in real estate, but real estate, in turn, is preferable to fixed-income assets.

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Volume (Year): 1 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 1-40

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Keywords: stochastic dominance; risk; REITs; stock; fixed-income assets; risk-aversion; risk-seeking;

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