The road to homeownership under market transition: Beijing, 1980-2001

Si Ming LI, Zheng Yi

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    The gradualist housing reform over the past quarter century has produced a highly complex mix of housing tenure forms and consumption patterns in urban China. Using a sample of sixteen hundred residential histories derived from a survey conducted in 2001, this article traces how individuals and households in Beijing responded to the different phases of the urban housing reform and gradually moved from renting work unit housing to owner occupation over the period 1980 to 2001. The proportional hazards model is used to analyze the factors that affected the tenure change at different points in time. The findings show that despite gradual introduction of market mechanisms, established rules that favored seniority in the workplace and people holding redistributive powers continued to be practiced in reform China. Cadres in Party and government organizations and state-owned enterprises and people with many years in the work unit were those who were most likely to experience the ownership switch.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)342-368
    Number of pages27
    JournalUrban Affairs Review
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Urban Studies

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Beijing
    • Homeownership
    • Market transition


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