Public housing rents in Hong Kong: Policy and structure

Chi Man Hui

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The objective of this paper is to investigate the determinants and structure of public sector rents in Hong Kong. It looks at the trends and patterns of public housing rents over the past 20 years or so. The paper discusses the housing authority's setting approach and its inherent shortcomings with regard to income generation, equity, and efficiency. It presents a framework that examines the literature to clarify the underlying factors affecting public housing rents in the context of rent review and rent structure and formulates two interrelated rent models to test hypotheses about these factors. One is a time-series model to ascertain which factors determine rents over time, and the other is a cross-sectional model to quantify the implicit rents of different housing attributes (i.e., the 'relativities'). The final section draws out some conclusions about the mechanisms by which the housing authority determines rents and some implications for policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-53
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Urban Planning and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Urban Studies


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