The urban-rural discrepancy of generational housing pathways: A new source of intergenerational inequality in urban China?

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Abstract

In China’s past decades of marketization reforms, original urban dwellers and early settlers in the home ownership sector enjoyed a drastic improvement in living conditions and family wealth stored in properties.
Despite their significant contribution to the urban economy, rural migrants benefited far less from the housing market growth. Institutional discrimination, such as duality in welfare state provisions due to hukou segregation
is often seen as main the mechanism behind this urban-rural discrepancy. With three elaborated case studies ofgenerational housing pathways from Chongqing, this paper contributes to the debate of urban-rural housing
inequality from a longitudinal perspective, focusing on the role of intergenerational transfers of wealth. We find that the original hukou, the original place of living and the housing positions of the parents all have great influence on the younger generation’s housing experiences. The gaps between the urban locals and the migrants in housing resulted from generational accumulations of unbalanced opportunities in accessing housing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102102
Number of pages11
JournalHabitat International
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Urban-rural gap Intergenerational inequality Housing pathways Migration Reform China

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