Determinant of residential location choice in a transitional housing market: evidence based on micro survey from Beijing

Wu, W., Zhang, W. and Dong, G. (2013) Determinant of residential location choice in a transitional housing market: evidence based on micro survey from Beijing. Habitat International, 39, pp. 16-24. (doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.10.008)

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Abstract

Using a large-scale household survey and aggregated census data from Beijing, this paper develops a framework to empirically measure the relative impact of location characteristics versus individual characteristics in determining the residential location choices of households. The results provide strong evidence that most location-specific factors, such as local public goods accessibility are found to be significant and of the expected signs in determining the location choice odds of households. In addition, while some individual socioeconomic characteristics such as income, educational attainment, and ownership status have similar effects on location choices as in developed market economies, factors that characterize institutional forces still play significant roles in residential location choices. These findings reveal the coexistence of market mechanisms and socialist institutional forces in shaping the unique location choice decisions of households in this transitional Beijing.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wu, Dr Wenjie
Authors: Wu, W., Zhang, W., and Dong, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Habitat International
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0197-3975

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