Coping with Technological Change: The Case of Retail

Coping with Technological Change: The Case of Retail Functional obsolescence in real estate occurs because of technological change. A theoretical model suggests that the early years of building life are characterized by functional obsolescence that is undiminished by reinvestment (“cures” in appraisal terminology). Later, observable functional obsolescence is eliminated by cures. A national, proprietary data set consisting of department store sales is utilized to test these propositions. The test is structured within a hedonic model in which the effect of age represents functional obsolescence and technological change, while other variables control for physical condition and location quality. The empirical results do not permit the rejection of the hypotheses developed from the theory. The measured rate of techological change in retail real estate is 1.7 percent per annum. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics Springer Journals

Coping with Technological Change: The Case of Retail

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Economics; Regional/Spatial Science; Financial Services
ISSN
0895-5638
eISSN
1573-045X
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1021570114985
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Abstract

Functional obsolescence in real estate occurs because of technological change. A theoretical model suggests that the early years of building life are characterized by functional obsolescence that is undiminished by reinvestment (“cures” in appraisal terminology). Later, observable functional obsolescence is eliminated by cures. A national, proprietary data set consisting of department store sales is utilized to test these propositions. The test is structured within a hedonic model in which the effect of age represents functional obsolescence and technological change, while other variables control for physical condition and location quality. The empirical results do not permit the rejection of the hypotheses developed from the theory. The measured rate of techological change in retail real estate is 1.7 percent per annum.

Journal

The Journal of Real Estate Finance and EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 4, 2004

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