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Reit Organizational Structure and Operating Characteristics


  • Brent W. Ambrose

    () (University of Kentucky, Lexington)

  • Peter Linneman

    () (University of Pennsylvania)


As a corporate organizational form, real estate investment trusts (REITs) fall into two competing property management structures: internally advised and externally advised. This study tests the hypothesis that, due to their superior ability to resolve conflicts of interests between REIT management and shareholders, internally-advised REITs will dominate the externally-advised REITs. We also test the hypothesis that larger REITs will come to dominate the market and find support for this hypothesis. The results confirm that externally-advised REITs are responding to market pressure to conform to the performance standards set by newer, internally-advised REITs.

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  • Brent W. Ambrose & Peter Linneman, 2001. "Reit Organizational Structure and Operating Characteristics," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 21(3), pages 141-162.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:21:n:3:2001:p:141-162

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    1. Peihwang Wei & Cheng-Ho Hsieh & C. F. Sirmans, 1995. "Captive Financing Arrangements and Information Asymmetry: The Case of REITs," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 23(3), pages 385-394.
    2. Capozza, Dennis R & Seguin, Paul J, 2000. "Debt, Agency, and Management Contracts in REITs: The External Advisor Puzzle," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 91-116, March.
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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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