The Determinants of International Commercial Real Estate Investment
46 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011 Last revised: 10 Nov 2012
Date Written: June 17, 2011
We examine the determinants of international commercial real estate investment using a unique set of panel data series for 47 countries worldwide, covering the period from 2000 to 2009. We explore how different socio-economic, demographic and institutional characteristics affect commercial real estate investment activity by determining both cross-sectional and time-series estimators, running augmented random effect panel regressions. We provide evidence that economic growth, rapid urbanization and compelling demographics attract real estate investment, and also demonstrate that a lack of transparency in the legal framework, administrative burdens of doing real estate business, socio-cultural challenges and political instabilities reduce international real estate allocations.
Keywords: Real Estate Investments, International Asset Allocation, Real Estate Market Attractiveness
JEL Classification: C33, C23, G11, G23, G24, O16, O18, P25, P52
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