Housing industry in China: The transition from planned economy to market economy

Qiping Shen, Z. H. Zhang

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China began its housing reform in mid 1980s. The market-oriented housing reform aimed to improve people's living conditions by commercializing housing solution and privatizing home ownership in urban areas. This paper reveals the mechanism and characteristics of the Chinese housing industry. Problems encountered in the reform process have been investigated to identify the major barrier that blocks the further progress of the reform. Suggestions have been made to cast more effective and efficient policies for establishing a favorable environment to promote the progress of the housing reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Marketing

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