Si-ming LI (Hong Kong Baptist University), Housing Inequalities under Market Deepening: The Case of Guangzhou, China, English/22 pages, January 2011.


Ever escalating land and housing prices in China’s major metropolises have brought widespread discontent. The general impression is that housing inequality is rising, and that housing has become increasingly out of reach of the ordinary households. Yet, to date, much of the literature on housing consumption and housing inequalities in Chinese cities is based on data gathered in the early reform period. Very little has been written on what has happened since the 1998 housing reform when both the production and consumption of housing have become marketized. The present paper aims to address this deficiency by reference to surveys conducted in Guangzhou in 1996, 2001 and 2005. Quality-adjusted inequality indices including the Gini coefficient and the Theil index are computed to compare housing inequality before and after the ending of the welfare allocation of housing at the turn of the century.
Keywords: marketization, housing allocation, inequality indices, Guangzhou