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Housing Poverty in Post-Reform Shanghai: Profiles in 2010 and Decompositions

Yina Zhang Yun (Lecturer, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University)
Jie Chen (Professor, School of Public Economics and Administration and Institute of Real Estate Research, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE); Address: Phoenix Building 503, Wuchuan Road 111, Shanghai 200433, China; Phone: (86-21) 65908835; Fax: (86-21) 65104294)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 March 2015



Using the latest census data (2010), this paper investigates housing poverty conditions in Shanghai, the largest city in China. The data shows that a large fraction of Shanghai households are still living in excessively over-crowded housing. Meanwhile, the incidence ratio of housing poverty among migrants is more than five times than among natives. In particular, 45% of rural migrant households were living in housing poverty. Poverty decomposition analysis shows that approximately 70% of total housing poverty in Shanghai is attributable to rural migrants. Our finding is supported by estimating the multidimensional poverty index (MPI). The findings in this paper have significant implications to general housing policy making in urban China.



Zhang, Y. and Chen, J. (2015), "Housing Poverty in Post-Reform Shanghai: Profiles in 2010 and Decompositions", Open House International, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 12-17.



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