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Public Information, REIT Responses, Size, Leverage, and Focus


  • Arjun Chatrath

    () (University of Portland)

  • Rohan A. Christie-David

    () (University of Louisville)

  • Sanjay Ramchander

    () (Colorado State University)


We evaluate REIT responses to the release of REIT-specific and macroeconomic news over two periods with differing economic climates. More specifically, using high-frequency data we track the response function over a period of sixty minutes following each announcement. Tests show REIT-specific information to have larger, and in many instances opposite effects to that of macroeconomic news. REITs also tend to be more sensitive to public information when the economy experiences a downturn. REIT size, leverage, and focus play an important mediating role between REIT trading activity and public information.

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  • Arjun Chatrath & Rohan A. Christie-David & Sanjay Ramchander, 2012. "Public Information, REIT Responses, Size, Leverage, and Focus," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 34(4), pages 463-514.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:34:n:4:2012:p:463-514

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


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