Title

The effects of public housing on internal mobility in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Housing Economics

Publication Date

3-1-2011

Volume

20

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

29

Keywords

Public housing, mobility, allocative inefficiencies

Abstract

The rationing of public housing reduces the efficiency of the match between public housing units and their occupants, as competing users cannot effectively convey their preferences through a price mechanism. This study investigates the costs of public housing from the perspective of the misallocation of housing units to households and examines how this misallocation affects their lives. We show that public housing occupants are less mobile than private housing occupants, but conditional on moving, they are more likely to relocate farther away from their original place of residence. They are also less likely to work in the same place as they live.

DOI

10.1016/j.jhe.2010.11.001

Print ISSN

10511377

E-ISSN

10960791

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Recommended Citation

Lui, H. K., & Suen, W. (2011). The effects of public housing on internal mobility in Hong Kong. Journal of Housing Economics, 20(1), 15-29. doi: 10.1016/j.jhe.2010.11.001