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Contagion or Competition: Going Concern Audit Opinions for Real Estate Firms


  • R. Elliott


  • Michael Highfield


  • Mark Schaub



We examine whether intra–industry information transfers from going–concern audit opinion announcements create contagion or competitive stock price reactions for other real estate firms operating in the same line of business. Using returns from publicly-traded land subdivision/development firms and Real Estate Investment Trusts, we find modest evidence supporting a competitive effect among rival firms as a result of another real estate firm announcing the receipt of a Going Concern Opinion (GCO) from its independent auditors. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • R. Elliott & Michael Highfield & Mark Schaub, 2006. "Contagion or Competition: Going Concern Audit Opinions for Real Estate Firms," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 32(4), pages 435-448, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrefec:v:32:y:2006:i:4:p:435-448 DOI: 10.1007/s11146-006-6961-x

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