This paper proposes a developmental theory of trade association life cycles with special emphasis on the case of real estate appraisers. Given a neo‐institutional perspective of the demand for appraisal services, the paper views real estate appraisers as information specialists. Trade associations tend to develop along a common, although not strictly fixed, set of steps. At each stage, various institutional activities occur that when observed, can be used to characterize the association's rate of development. In this context, real estate appraisers and their institutions are examined. Recent advances provide evidence that major changes are currently underway.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics