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Development of Public Housing in Post-reform China
2017-07-10 16:03:00

China & World Economy / 60–77, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2017

Development of Public Housing in Post-reform China

Jie Chen, Lingzhen Yao, Hongwei Wang*

 

Abstract

This paper explores the dynamic nature of the transformation of public housing regimes in urban China since the abolishment of the urban welfare housing system in the late 1990s. We summarize the latest progress in the development of public housing in post-reform China and investigate the driving forces behind these developments. A close examination of the public rental housing program in Shanghai helps to show that the recent revival of public housing in Chinese cities is mostly driven by the desire for economic growth. We conclude that the state provision of housing could be a short-run state remedy to alleviate economic imbalance and social inequality. However, in the long run China needs to seek more effective solutions to solve the low-income population’s housing affordability problems.


Key words: China, housing policy, housing regime, public housing
JEL codes: R21, R28, R31, R38