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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Housing inequalities under market deepening: The case of Guangzhou, China

Language

English

Abstract

Escalating housing prices in China's major metropolises have brought widespread discontents. There is a general impression that housing inequality is rising, and that housing has become increasingly out of reach of ordinary households. Yet, much of the literature on urban housing in China is based on data generated in the early reform period. Very little has been written about what has happened since the 1998 housing reform when both the production and the consumption of housing became primarily market based. The present paper aims to address this deficiency with reference to surveys conducted in Guangzhou in 1996, 2001, and 2005. Quality-adjusted inequality indices including the Gini coefficient and the Theil index are computed to compare housing inequality before and after the ending of welfare allocation of housing at the turn of the century. Quite unexpectedly, the results show only a modest increase in inequality in housing consumption. © 2012 Pion and its Licensors.

Keywords

Guangzhou, Housing allocation, Inequality indices, Marketization

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Environment and Planning A

Volume

44

Issue

12

Start Page

2852

End Page

2866

Publisher

Pion

ISSN (print)

0308518X

ISSN (electronic)

14723409

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