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Urban housing privatisation: redefining the responsibilities of the state, employers and individuals

Li, Bingqin (2005) Urban housing privatisation: redefining the responsibilities of the state, employers and individuals. In: Green, Stephen and Liu, Guy Shaojia, (eds.) Exit the Dragon? Privatization and State Control in China. Chatham House and Blackwell Publishing, London, UK, pp. 145-168.

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This chapter examines how urban housing in China has gradually changed from a system of state-controlled employer provision to a system where employers and employees have become the owners and main sources of finance for urban housing. It focuses on the changing role of employers, the changing relationship between the state and employers, and the impacts of housing privatisation on the firms involved. It examines policy changes since the mid-1980s and the implications of these changes for housing provision in terms of efficiency and equity. The last section discusses the challenges that the current housing system needs to face in the future.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2005 Bingqin Li The book is nominated for 2006 IPEG Book Prize
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I0 - General
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2009 16:31
Last Modified: 18 May 2011 09:55

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