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Real estate risk, corporate investment and financing choice

Deng, X. ORCID:, Ong, S. E. and Qian, M. (2018) Real estate risk, corporate investment and financing choice. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 57 (1). pp. 87-113. ISSN 1573-045X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s11146-017-9599-y


This paper empirically examines how real estate risk impacts corporate investment and financing decisions. Using a panel of United States firms from 1985 to 2013, we document that real estate risk is negatively associated with firms’ long-term investments and long-term external financing in equity and debt. The results are robust to different risk measurements and in particular salient during the financial crisis period when the endogeneity between risk and investment is less of a concern. The effect on firm leverage, however, depends on risk measures. Overall, in contrast to previously documented positive effects of the real estate value, real estate risk exposure exhibits mostly the opposite effects on investment, financing and capital structure. This difference is consistent with option value determinants. Findings in this paper shed new lights on the impact of real estate holding on corporate decisions, offer a new explanation for the underperformance of hedge funds’ real estate strategies, and confirm the theoretical predictions in Deng et al. (2015).

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Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
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