Monday, July 26, 2021


Real Estate Economics Style Guidelines

The following style guidelines are required for publication.

  • Include a 100-word italicized abstract that is readable by the layperson and independent of the rest of the paper. It should describe the methodology used and highlight the principle results.

  • Use block format. Text should begin at the left margin and be double-spaced, with a space between paragraphs.
  • Use bold or italicized text to differentiate headings or subheadings, respectively. Do not use all capital letters, and do not number sections.
  • Limit the introduction to a brief overview.
  • Limit the use of Latin or other foreign language expressions; replace with simple English equivalents. Italicize Latin phrases and abbreviations when used.
  • Make spelling and punctuation consistent throughout.

  • Italicize and include at the end of the text, before the references.

  • Must be typewritten, with the equation number placed in parentheses to the right of the equation. Continue block format. Do not indent. Italicize all variables, both in the equation itself and in the text. Matrices should be bold and unitalicized.

Tables and Figures
  • Do not use all capital letters.
  • Number consecutively and label clearly.
  • Prepare each table or figure on a separate page.
  • Define all symbols and abbreviations.
  • Explanatory Paragraph: Fully explain the table or figure so that the reader need not refer to the text.
  • Figures: Provide two copies, one with captions or labels and one without.
  • Tables: Limit the number of significant figures to one or two when the meaning is clear. As a general rule, regression results should be reported with coefficients (two decimals or less or rescale the variable) and t-statistics (one decimal only) in separate columns. Use t-statistics rather than standard errors unless absolutely necessary.
  • Notes on level of probability should be indicated by asterisks (e.g., *P ? 0.05, **P ? 0.01 and ***P ? 0.001, according to a t-test).

  • Number footnotes consecutively.
  • Use to define or explain terms, not to supply information that can be readily included in the text.

  • Include both author and date, such as Merrill (1980), for in-text citations.
  • Type referenced works on a separate sheet and place at the end of the article under the heading References.
  • Attach a note on the reference page to draw the Editor's attention to any references that are nonconforming in either style or content to what commonly appears in REE.
  • Conforming examples are:
    • Book: Merrill, S.R. 1980. Hedonic Indices as a Measure of Housing Quality. Cambridge, MA: ABT Associates.
    • Journal article: Rea, L.M. and D.K. Gupta. 1982. The Rent Control Controversy: A Consideration of the California Experience. Glendale Law Review 4: 47-58.
    • Article in an edited volume: Mills, E.S. 1971. The Value of Urban Land. In The Quality of the Urban Environment. H.S. Perloff, ed. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press. 231 253.
    • Working Paper: Haurin, D.R. and S.S. Rosenthal. 2006. House Price Appreciation, Savings, and Consumer Expenditures. Working Paper, The Ohio State University.


Authors will be required to assign copyright in their paper to the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication, and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. (Papers subject to government or Crown copyright are exempt from this requirement.) To assist authors an appropriate copyright assignment form will be supplied by the editorial office.

Please note that unless specifically requested, Blackwell Publishing will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication.

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