Housing Policy

       China’s rapid urbanization, the influx of rural workers into cities, and the rising demand for better housing conditions from urban residents across the country have all made the issue of urban housing an increasingly pressing matter. Welfare-based housing allocation policies have been gradually scaled back since 1998, replaced by a rapidly growing housing market. The marketization of housing has indeed led to a great improvement in urban housing conditions, but following the withdrawal of government and local finance, the affordability of housing is gradually becoming a problem, especially for low-income families. The Chinese government therefore needs to re-evaluate current housing policies, fully investigate the effects of the market economy on housing policies, and establish a strong system of housing guarantees to address the challenges posed by urbanization.

The PKU-Lincoln Center conducts empirical research to seek better understanding of the complexities of the urban housing situation in China, paying particular attention to low-income families. The Center strives to promote better housing policies and sustainable urban development, offering new perspectives and policy proposals based on comparative research, study of international best-practices, and active discussion of cutting-edge issues in land policy, housing policy, and real estate market development.