Recent Housing Affordability in Urban China: A Comprehensive Overview

51 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2018 Last revised: 7 Jul 2020

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Keyang Li

Tsinghua University - Hang Lung Center for Real Estate; Tsinghua University - Department of Construction Management

Yu Qin

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate

Jing Wu

Tsinghua University - Hang Lung Center for Real Estate; Tsinghua University - Department of Construction Management

Date Written: August 7, 2018

Abstract

In this study, we provide a comprehensive overview of housing affordability in China from both the macro and micro perspectives. We extend the scope of housing affordability analysis to all Chinese cities based on a unique panel dataset in 275 Chinese prefecture cities from 2014 to 2018. We also make a novel methodological contribution to the literature by employing micro-level data from an anonymous major Chinese city in 2015. Our results suggest that the overall level of housing affordability in Chinese cities remained relatively stable or even improved during the sample period. However, we identify a few “superstar cities,” such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen, which are associated with a serious housing affordability problem. This problem arises from both a shortage of supply in the space market and a potential mispricing in the asset market, and may have a spillover effect on surrounding cities due to home purchase restrictions in the superstar cities. Within these cities, the housing affordability problem leads to longer commuting time due to the separation of home and workplace, and lower housing space consumption for the residents.

Keywords: Housing Affordability, Superstar City, China

JEL Classification: R11, R31, C43

Suggested Citation

Li, Keyang and Qin, Yu and Wu, Jing, Recent Housing Affordability in Urban China: A Comprehensive Overview (August 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3227550 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3227550

Keyang Li

Tsinghua University - Hang Lung Center for Real Estate ( email )

HeShanHeng Building
Beijing, 100084
China

Tsinghua University - Department of Construction Management ( email )

Heshanheng Building
Tsinghua University
Beijing, 100084
China

Yu Qin

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate ( email )

4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117566
Singapore

Jing Wu (Contact Author)

Tsinghua University - Hang Lung Center for Real Estate ( email )

HeShanHeng Building
Beijing, 100084
China

HOME PAGE: http://thuwujing.net

Tsinghua University - Department of Construction Management ( email )

Heshanheng Building
Tsinghua University
Beijing, 100084
China

HOME PAGE: http://thuwujing.net

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