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Pricing Limited Partnerships in the Secondary Market


  • Chang N. Xuan

    () (Cornell University)

  • Daniel C. Quan

    () (China Securities Regulatory Commission, Peoples Republic of China, Beijing 100032)


This study investigates the pattern of prices for multiple partnerships sold in the secondary market. In the model, the partnership buyer prefers to purchase the units sequentially since sellers have varying desires to sell. The benefit of a sequential purchase strategy is partially offset by rational sellers who demand higher prices in earlier sales since the possibility of future sales reduces the sellers’ eagerness to sell in earlier rounds. If this strategic component is sufficiently large, a pattern of decreasing prices should be observed. Using a panel dataset comprised of 52,679 transactions from eighteen real estate limited partnerships, and after controlling for performance characteristics, the study finds that prices decrease over time, thus indicating a significant strategic component in this market.

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  • Chang N. Xuan & Daniel C. Quan, 2002. "Pricing Limited Partnerships in the Secondary Market," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 23(3), pages 215-234.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:23:n:3:2002:p:215-234

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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