The Liquidity of Property Shares: An International Comparison

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Dirk Brounen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Financial Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Tinbergen Institute

Piet M. A. Eichholtz

University of Maastricht - Limburg Institute of Financial Economics (LIFE)

David C. Ling

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Abstract

This article investigates the magnitude and determinates of share liquidity over the 1990–2007 period in the world's four largest securitized real estate markets: the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Australia. We document a significant and consistent role for market capitalization, nonretail share ownership and dividend yield as drivers of liquidity across markets. We also document significant differences in liquidity across countries and between property and nonproperty companies. Also striking is the lack of correlation among our three measures of liquidity across property firms and time. This supports the notion that share price liquidity is multifaceted and therefore reliance on any one measure of liquidity in empirical work may produce misleading conclusions. Although we find some evidence of a connection between liquidity and firm value, it is less conclusive than prior studies.

Suggested Citation

Brounen, Dirk and Eichholtz, Piet M. A. and Ling, David Curtis, The Liquidity of Property Shares: An International Comparison. Real Estate Economics, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 413-445, Fall 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1487844 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6229.2009.00247.x

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