Securitization, the Global Financial Crisis and Residential Capitalisms in an East Asian Context

Kwok Kin FUNG, Ray Forrest

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This paper offers an analysis of the housing impact of the recent financial crisis in an East Asian context, specifically Hong Kong. In doing so, the paper argues that much of the current political economy analysis in this area has been overly focused on mortgage securitization as the centrepiece of liberal housing finance systems. The paper also shows that an understanding of the limited development of mortgage securitization in Hong Kong lies in the embedded actions of institutional agents. The paper seeks to contribute to ongoing policy debates about the differential impact of the financial crisis on housing markets and to broader theoretical conceptions of 'residential capitalisms'. In relation to the latter, the aim is to strengthen the East Asian dimension of these discussions and to reinforce arguments regarding the importance of the embedded actions of agents in shaping housing finance systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1231-1249
Number of pages19
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • comparative housing
  • financial crisis
  • homeownership
  • Hong Kong
  • housing finance
  • residential capitalism


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