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

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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: C12; C14; Hong Kong residential property market; mean–variance criterion; property size; stochastic dominance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Finance and Business Economics, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China 2: Department of Economics, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Publication date: April 3, 2015

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