How Does Corporate Governance Affect the Quality of Investor Information? The Curious Case of REITs

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					How Does Corporate Governance Affect
the Quality of Investor Information?
T h e C u r i o u s C a s e o f R E I Ts

Authors                  Pa u l A n g l i n , R o b e r t E d e l s t e i n , Ya n m i n G a o ,
                         and Desmond Tsang




Abstract                 Recent research suggests that the unique legal and organizational
                         structure of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), relative to
                         other types of corporations, may vitiate the need for and the
                         effectiveness of internal corporate governance. Our results
                         indicate that information asymmetry, as measured by the
                         percentage bid-as
				
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Description: Recent research suggests that the unique legal and organizational structure of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), relative to other types of corporations, may vitiate the need for and the effectiveness of internal corporate governance. Our results indicate that information asymmetry, as measured by the percentage bid-ask spreads demanded by the market, is reduced by appropriately structured REIT governance. Using data from the 2003 to 2006 period, we find that increasing the financial incentives for board members reduces asymmetric information, and that the combination of experienced board members and independent audit committees with financial expertise diminishes asymmetric information. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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