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Do Stock Prices Move Too Much to Be Justified by Changes in Dividends? Evidence from Real Estate Investment Trusts


Tobias Muhlhofer


University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

Andrey Ukhov


Cornell University


46th Annual AREUEA Conference Paper

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A central issue in asset pricing is whether asset prices move too much in relation to cash flows. We take advantage of the existence of two parallel markets for a set of cash flows to show that better measurement of cash flows can dramatically improve the performance of a dynamic dividend discount model. We apply the model to returns on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and REIT dividends. Unlike previous literature, we use out-of-sample estimation. We use a unique data set of directly held commercial real estate and augment information in REIT dividends with information from cash flows from this parallel market. When only information from REIT dividends is used, the model performs somewhat better than was previously found for the stock market (Campbell and Shiller (1988b)), which is congruous with the nature of REITs and the information content of their dividends. The results, however, further improve dramatically when information from direct property cash flows is added to the model. These findings suggest that the performance of dividend pricing models improves greatly with better measurement of cash flows, and thus contribute to the resolution of the excess volatility puzzle.

JEL Classification: G3

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Date posted: December 1, 2010  

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Muhlhofer, Tobias and Ukhov, Andrey, Do Stock Prices Move Too Much to Be Justified by Changes in Dividends? Evidence from Real Estate Investment Trusts. 46th Annual AREUEA Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1716954

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Tobias Muhlhofer (Contact Author)
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance ( email )
Red McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX 78712
United States
HOME PAGE: http://toby.muhlhofer.com
Andrey Ukhov
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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