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The redistributive effect of public housing in Hong Kong
Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban Studies
  • Hon Kwong LUI, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
9-1-2007
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Abstract

Public housing programmes in Hong Kong affect half of the population directly and the other half indirectly. This paper assesses the redistributive effect of public rental housing on income distribution. It uses a subsidised-to-market rent ratio method and an imputed rent method to convert transfer-in-kind of public rental housing into equivalent monetary value. Empirical results show that the provision of public housing alleviates the income inequality problem. However, the amount of public expenditure required achieving the same improvements in Gini coefficient and other inequality measures is small relative to the actual public expenditure on housing. Policy-makers should thoroughly review the existing public housing programmes

DOI
10.1080/00420980701471919
E-ISSN
1360063X
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Lui, H. K. (2007). The redistributive effect of public housing in Hong Kong. Urban Studies, 44(10), 1937-1952. doi: 10.1080/00420980701471919