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Real Estate Markets and Uncertainty Shocks: A Variance Causality Approach

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  • Ahdi N. Ajmi

    () (College of Science and Humanities in Slayel, Salman bin Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

  • Vassilios Babalos

    () (Technological Educational Institute of Kalamata,Department of Finance and Auditing, Kalamata, Greece)

  • Fotini Economou

    () (Faculty of Economics and Management, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

  • Rangan Gupta

    () (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of macroeconomic effects of uncertainty on the conditional volatility of US-listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). To this end we employ three widely accepted US REITs indices and the two uncertainty indices constructed by Baker et al. (2013). Our sample is extensive covering the period from 4th of January 1999 to 28th of June, 2013. We employ the recently developed test of causality in variance by Hafner and Herwarz (2006) and then we track the response of REITs conditional volatility to various key events as marked by the evolution of the uncertainty indices. Our results provide some useful insights for the causal nexus between real estate and macroeconomic environment. We provide evidence in favor of a two-way transmission channel between REITs conditional volatility and macroeconomic uncertainty. Moreover, equity REITs appear rather sensitive to deteriorating investors' sentiment. Our results entail policy implications for investors, regulators and monetary authorities.

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  • Ahdi N. Ajmi & Vassilios Babalos & Fotini Economou & Rangan Gupta, 2014. "Real Estate Markets and Uncertainty Shocks: A Variance Causality Approach," Working Papers 201436, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
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    1. Christou, Christina & Gupta, Rangan & Hassapis, Christis, 2017. "Does economic policy uncertainty forecast real housing returns in a panel of OECD countries? A Bayesian approach," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 50-60.
    2. Goodness C. Aye & Matthew W. Clance & Rangan Gupta, 2017. "The Effect of Economic Uncertainty on the Housing Market Cycle," Working Papers 201757, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Real estate investment trusts; uncertainty shocks; causality; volatility impulse response function;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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