The Housing Pathways of Young Chinese in Hong Kong

Posted: 5 Feb 2020

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Bente Castro Campos

Institute of Future Cities

Edward Chung Yim Yiu

University of Auckland Business School

Jianfa Shen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kuei Hsien Liao

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Minjung Maing

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 25, 2014

Abstract

Using semi-structured interviews with 160 university students in Hong Kong, this paper analyses whether there are differences in the anticipated housing pathways of local Hong Kong students and non-local mainland students. The paper develops a theoretical framework for analysing housing pathways based on Clapham’s (2005) concept by focusing on the degree of financial support from parents in purchasing an apartment, optimistic versus pessimistic future aspirations, and individual housing preferences. It employs an innovative methodology, including the reliability interval method (RIM) to analyse individual housing preferences. Three major conclusions can be drawn: first, parental support is crucial for university students to purchase apartments in the future, particularly for non-local mainland students; second, non-local mainland students are generally more optimistic about being able to purchase an apartment in the future, particularly female students; third, individual housing preferences can be grouped into price sensitive, security sensitive, connectivity sensitive, and environmental sensitive groups. The most crucial concern in their anticipated housing pathways for a majority of local and non-local students is the price level and the security of the building and neighbourhood, resulting in considerable housing and socio-economic policy challenges.

Keywords: housing pathways; housing choice; housing policy; young people; Hong Kong

JEL Classification: R21

Suggested Citation

Castro Campos, Bente and Yiu, Edward Chung Yim and Shen, Jianfa and Liao, Kuei Hsien and Maing, Minjung, The Housing Pathways of Young Chinese in Hong Kong (June 25, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2458904

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Jianfa Shen

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Kuei Hsien Liao

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Minjung Maing

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