Returns to farm real estate revisited

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Barry's research on farm real estate returns suggests that when farm assets are viewed as a part of the nation's wealth portfolio, returns are not persistently low, as is commonly asserted in policy debates. This paper extends Barry's research by explicitly accounting for the effects ofuncertain inflation, using a broader market proxy, and lengthening the sample period. The results suggest farm real estate offers only slight (not substantial) premiums above those for systematic risk, contributes little systematic risk to a well-diversified portfolio, and exhibits substantial risk due to uncertain inflation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-587
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • Asset returns
  • CAPM
  • Diversification
  • Farm real estate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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