Impact of urban rehabilitation: evidence from subdivided units in Hong Kong

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Purpose: This paper aims to explore one question: to what extent does urban rehabilitation impact the housing search cost of the low-income tenants. Design/methodology/approach: This paper adopts the fixed effects time-on-market (TOM) model and pricing model to study the research question. Findings: Urban rehabilitation lifts the subdivided units (SDUs’) prices by around 7%. For the SDU located in old districts, urban rehabilitation gives rise to the rental price up by 11%–12%. The SDUs in the area without urban rehabilitation experience a short marketing period of 16%–17%. The SDU located in the old district that is without urban rehabilitation would have a short marketing time. Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the pioneering research to investigate the relationship between rehabilitation and low-income rental housing from the improved search theory. The improved search theory posits that under the circumstance of urban rehabilitation, low-income tenants’ options are limited and the search behavior will be restricted in the affordable areas, and then TOM will be shortened. With the concentration of SDUs in Hong Kong, the test of the search theory is broken down into two hypotheses. (H1) Urban rehabilitation leads to low-income housing prices increase. (H2) Low-income housing located in areas without urban rehabilitation has a shorter TOM.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Hong Kong
  • Housing markets
  • Market-rate housing
  • Subdivided units (SDUs)
  • Time-on-market (TOM)
  • Urban rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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