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Low-Cost Urban Housing Markets: Serving the Needs of Low-Wage, Rural-Urban Migrants?

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作    者: Bingqin Li, Mark Duda, Huamin Peng
发表时间: 2007-10-01
概     要:

  This paper fills some of the gaps regarding housing choice, demand, and quality
among China’s rural-to-urban migrants using data from a purpose-designed survey of
800 lowstatus migrants in Tianjin. Results show that many migrants do not to exercise
housing ‘choice’ but, rather, undergo housing ‘sorting’ that follows from occupational
choices. Less than half of respondents obtained housing in the private rental market
and only a slightly higher share pay any rent. Employment variables (industry sector,
employer type) are consistently and strongly significant across our housing choice
models and significantly affect housing quality as well. Nonetheless, a low-cost rental
sector does exist, serving about two-fifths of migrants in our sample. Within this subset,
housing demand is more consistent with theory in the sense that income and life cycle
factors are important and employment sector has weaker effects. We read the study’s
findings as an indication that the primary policy prescription of the urban China housing
choice literature as it pertains to rural-to-urban migrants – the need to eliminate
institutional barriers that limit access to certain kinds of housing - is desirable but
inadequate and may not respond to the concerns of migrants themselves.

关 键 词: Low-Cost Urban Housing Markets; Rural-Urban Migrants
 
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