Tail Parameters of Stable Distributions Using One Million Observations of Real Estate Returns from Five Continents

34 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2013  

Michael Stein

University of Duisburg-Essen

Daniel Piazolo

THM Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen

Stoyan V. Stoyanov

Stony Brook University

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Date Written: November 1, 2013


This study focuses on global real estate return distributions. For our analysis, we employ the class of stable distributions that has become prominent in the real estate literature. We add to the literature by undertaking a global-scale analysis for the first time. By using data since the early 1990s, we show that there is considerable variation in the tail weights of return distributions, both between countries as well as among sectors within the countries. It is important to note that the tail parameters vary over time as well. Our results strengthen the recently discovered notion about non-constant tail parameters in stable distributions, which contradicts earlier findings about constant tail parameters. Additionally, we argue that merely changes over time were to be discovered, rather than pure methodological facts driving the variation, which is in contrast to the initial assumption associated with constant tail parameters. Our results provide an extensive overview of the tailedness of global real estate markets and offer a comprehensive insight into differing market distributions.

Keywords: Real Estate Return Distributions, Stable Distributions, Tail Dependence

JEL Classification: G01, G10, G12

Suggested Citation

Stein, Michael and Piazolo, Daniel and Stoyanov, Stoyan V., Tail Parameters of Stable Distributions Using One Million Observations of Real Estate Returns from Five Continents (November 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357322 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2357322

Michael Stein (Contact Author)

University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

Universitätsst. 12
Duisburg, 45117

HOME PAGE: http://www.fmoek.wiwi.uni-due.de/

Daniel Piazolo

THM Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen ( email )

University of Applied Sciences
Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 13
Friedberg, 61169

HOME PAGE: http://www.thm.de/wi/fachbereich/team/professoren/profile/10-709-Piazolo

Stoyan Veselinov Stoyanov

Stony Brook University ( email )

306 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

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