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Pension-Plan Real Estate Investment in an Asset-Liability Framework


  • Gregory H. Chun
  • Brian A. Ciochetti
  • James D. Shilling


This study explores the role of pension-plan real estate investment in an asset-liability framework. By assuming that the pension-plan manager wishes to have assets of at least equal value to the liabilities at all points in time, an asset selection process is derived which depends on both the asset's covariance with other assets and its covariance with the liability stream. We generally find real estate not to be highly correlated with pension-plan liabilities. This finding is of general interest, since it helps to explain why pension-plan real estate investment is extremely limited and much smaller than one would expect if pension-plan investors cared only about the mean and variance of the real return to their invested wealth. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Gregory H. Chun & Brian A. Ciochetti & James D. Shilling, 2000. "Pension-Plan Real Estate Investment in an Asset-Liability Framework," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 28(3), pages 467-491.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:28:y:2000:i:3:p:467-491

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    10. Rene Weber & David S. Gerber, 2007. "Aging, Asset Allocation, and Costs; Evidence for the Pension Fund Industry in Switzerland," IMF Working Papers 07/29, International Monetary Fund.

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