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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Economics

Title

Which is a better investment choice in the Hong Kong residential property market: A big or small property?

Language

English

Abstract

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. The relationship between property size and property investment yield is an interesting issue in the real estate market. Previous studies usually use the mean–variance criterion to compare the return-risk profiles of the yields of different property sizes in the United States. However, this criterion has a few shortcomings. This article provides the first attempt to use a stochastic dominance approach to analyse this issue. We adopt two powerful stochastic dominance tests to compare the yields of five property size classes in the Hong Kong residential property market. In our study, we analyse two possible investment outcomes: (1) investors could not rent out their properties, and thus they would gain/lose from the appreciation/depreciation of residential property prices; (2) investors could also gain from rental incomes. Our empirical results provide strong evidence to show that the yields of smaller property classes stochastically dominate the yields of bigger property classes, suggesting that buying smaller properties is a better investment choice in the Hong Kong residential property market.

Keywords

Hong Kong residential property market, mean–variance criterion, property size, stochastic dominance

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Applied Economics

Volume

47

Issue

16

Start Page

1670

End Page

1685

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN (print)

00036846

ISSN (electronic)

14664283

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