Pricing of Volatility Risk in REITs
We examine the pricing of volatility risk in the cross-section of equity real estate investment trust (REIT) stock returns over the 1996 to 2010 period. We consider both aggregate (systematic) volatility and firm-specific (idiosyncratic) volatility. In contrast to the negative and significant price of systematic volatility risk for non-REIT equities, we find that systematic volatility is not priced in REIT returns. Idiosyncratic volatility, estimated using the Fama and French (1993) three-factor model, is negatively priced in the cross-section and is largely independent of non-REIT idiosyncratic volatility. Within the total volatility risk profile, idiosyncratic volatility dominates aggregate volatility in REIT pricing.
Volume (Year): 35 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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