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The Determinants of the Debt Maturity Decision for Real Estate Investment Trusts

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  • Michael J. Highfield

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    (Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS 39762-9580)

  • Kenneth D. Roskelley

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    (Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 71272-0046)

  • Fang Zhao

    (Siena College, Loudonville, NY 12211-1462)

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    Abstract

    This research uses the maturity of incremental bond issues and the weighted-average maturity of all outstanding debt and tests various theories from the corporate debt maturity literature to discover if real estate investment trust (REIT) debt maturity is influenced by liquidity risk, asymmetric information, personal taxes, and agency problems. The findings reveal that there is little to no evidence for the liquidity and asymmetric information hypotheses; however, there is evidence that personal taxes influence the maturity of REIT incremental debt issues, and agency problems play a role in determining the incremental and average debt maturity of REITs

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    Article provided by American Real Estate Society in its journal journal of Real Estate Research.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 173-200

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    Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:29:n:2:2007:p:173-200

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    1. Jamie Alcock & Eva Steiner & Kelvin Tan, 2014. "Joint Leverage and Maturity Choices in Real Estate Firms: The Role of the REIT Status," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 57-78, January.
    2. Isil Erol & Dogan Tirtiroglu, 2011. "Concentrated Ownership, No Dividend Payout Requirement and Capital Structure of REITs: Evidence from Turkey," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 174-204, July.

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