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Drivers of housing choice among rural-to-urban migrants: evidence from Taiyuan

Li, Bingqin, Duda, Mark and An, Xiangsheng (2009) Drivers of housing choice among rural-to-urban migrants: evidence from Taiyuan. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2 (2). pp. 142-156. ISSN 1751-6242

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17516230903027898


Policies addressing the influx of rural migrants into Chinese urban areas have evolved over time from active opposition, through suspicious ambivalence, to wary tolerance, and now seem to have entered a new phase in which productive engagement is being attempted. Unfortunately, little information or experience is available to inform policy development in this new era. This paper helps address this knowledge gap by studying housing behaviour and choices among a sample of migrants in Taiyuan. The study's results suggest that migrants' housing outcomes in urban areas are influenced heavily by priorities linked to the transitional economic environment and individual migration characteristics. The analysis finds a more limited role for factors such as income and life cycle, which are central to housing choice in other contexts. We argue that migrants' housing outcomes cannot be explained without reference to the specific set of challenges they face, and the resulting decisions that they make, as a result of their immersion in the country's economic transition.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty
Y - Miscellaneous Categories > Y1 - Data: Tables and Charts
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R0 - General
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2009 14:03
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 23:10
Projects: Housing for rural to urban migrants in Taiyuan

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