Author: Ji, Jin
Title: A research of affordable housing development in Shanghai : from the local government's perspective
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2013
Subject: Housing -- China -- Shanghai.
Housing policy -- China -- Shanghai.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Faculty of Construction and Environment
Pages: 33 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Abstract: In 1998, the Chinese government abandoned the Danwei ("work-unit") housing allocation system and the housing market began to develop. Before the reform, housing was a kind of welfare provided by the government and the work units under the central-planned economy instead of a commodity. Statistics show that the average sales price of new residential apartments in 10 major metropolitan cities of China has reached RMB 15,802 per square meter. In Shanghai, the price is about RMB 26,356 per square meter, much higher than that in many big cities in developed countries. More and more Chinese urban dwellers, especially those who earn low salaries and live in metropolitan areas such as Shanghai are challenged by escalating housing prices. In 2010, the municipal government finally started to experiment with affordable housing programs in selected districts. This thesis serves as a starting point to discuss the effectiveness of affordable housing programs in Shanghai. According to the preliminary observation and assessment, the newly released affordable housing programs in Shanghai has been effective by incorporating both supply and demand approaches and successfully targeting at medium to low-income families. Despite the achievements, it still needed further improvement. Hopefully, by introducing more varieties of housing programs, the Shanghai Affordable Housing Programs will benefit more households in the coming years.
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