تاثیرات نهادی و جمعیتی بر زمان فعلی، مقیاس و محدوده جغرافیایی در سرمایه گذاری فردی دارایی واقعی چین
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|6970||2013||10 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 43, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages 187–196
We use the results of a survey taken in ten large Chinese cities to investigate several aspects of Chinese real estate investment. The survey provides significant (though not comprehensive) information on the personal and family characteristics and real estate holdings of the survey respondents. In this paper we ask three inter-related questions: 1. What factors are associated with individuals who own property in China? 2. What factors are associated with the extent of such ownership—i.e. what determines the number of properties owned? 3. What factors determine the geographical extent of this ownership; in particular, who owns local property and who owns geographically dispersed?
As China's residential real estate sector continues its transition from one dominated by state and employer-sponsored housing units to one with a more market-oriented allocation system, researchers have grappled with the effects of that transition. Prior to 1988, the vast majority of urban households had very limited housing options, and were largely relegated to employer-provided flats. This link between employment and housing was nominally broken by the 1988 reforms which allowed households to seek out housing in a private market, and to potentially become owners of said housing.1 In this way, questions of tenure choice became relevant to Chinese real estate. Fu et al. (2000)Huang and Clark (2002) and Li (2000) investigated this early version of tenure choice, based on a 1996 survey of Chinese households, and found that many of the factors which influenced tenure choice in the West had similar impacts in China, though there were some important differences. The most important factor was that private (or open) market housing was quite expensive compared to subsidized, employer-sponsored housing. While information on the relative qualities of these two housing stocks seems somewhat lacking, the extent to which inequality of housing consumption became a concern, either reflecting the inequality that arose from increasing market orientation in other sectors of the economy (Meng et al., 2005) or disappointment that markets in general had not undermined bureaucratic privilege in the allocation of housing (Logan et al., 2002 and Logan et al., 2009). Accompanying this was the sense that China's housing prices were not in line with fundamentals. This was seemingly first noticed by Chen (1996), who calculated that price–rent ratios were higher than would be expected given the usual asset pricing model. Other studies have confirmed this result, including some of the above-cited work, and most recently, Wu et al. (2012). Commentators have noted with concern these high real estate prices, causing some to call for reining in real estate speculation (Zhao, 2010). The level of real estate speculation by households is seen to be increasing dramatically (Yi, 2010). As in the west, property speculation is seen by many to be the road to wealth, which causes bubble-like behavior. The WantChina Times (2012) reports that homeownership is very high in many urban areas (up to 90% in some places) and that property speculation appears to be a very good investment: “[A] recent report, by the People's Bank of China and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, shows that average investment returns reach 340.31% for a buyer's first residence, 143.25% for their second, and 96.7% for a third. Sustained demand and limited investment alternatives have made housing prices surprisingly resilient, especially in metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.” In this paper we seek to understand the people behind the property speculation in large Chinese cities. For this purpose we utilize the results of a recent special micro survey on urban housing demand, which collects information on people's property holdings such as the number of homes owned and the location of these homes. That allows us to look into the demographics of demand for real estate investment, through the lens of defining speculation in real estate. We ask three interrelated questions of the data. First: who invests in real estate? In asking this first question we conflate both investment for the purposes of owner-occupation, and for solely for investment. We do this because we find in our survey that ownership of real estate does not translate into occupation of one's own unit, at least not nearly so much as in the west. While a detailed analysis of this topic is a topic for our future research, we find that people who own real estate very often nevertheless live (or continue to live) in employer housing, or with a larger family unit. Thus in this paper we seek to identify people for whom property ownership is an investment rather than a means to become owner-occupiers, in the language of Henderson and Ioannides (1983), those for whom investment demand is (much) greater than their consumption demand. Second, we attempt to identify those who have investment demand, by modeling the decision to own multiple properties. As the next section makes clear, owning multiple properties, which we identify with investment, or more pejoratively, with speculation, is quite common among our respondents. Third, we seek to identify the geographic scope of property investment, by asking if respondents own property in multiple locations. Our analysis uses two intermingled strains of analysis. The first is to model these decisions using standard housing variables as one would find in a cross-sectional analysis of this topic in western countries. In this context we take account of household demographics, such as family structure, available financial resources and the like. But we also need to take into account the particularities of the Chinese experience that are which includes the legacies of the employer-related housing system, the local hukou system and the continuing influence of government entities in the housing allocation process. As we also discuss in the next section, the hukou system, which binds households to particular areas, is seen as a major impediment to migration; it is of interest to see if it does the same with property investment. These topics have been discussed previously in the literature. There are several recent micro studies on urban Chinese households homeownership related to our paper. Zhou (2011) compared tenure choice by Chinese households in 1995 and 2002 and examined how uncertainties in the transitional socialist economy would affect these decisions. But he does not consider the increasingly important phenomenon of real estate investment and investment in multiple properties. This latter topic was investigated using a 2005 micro survey data, by Huang and Yi (2010). They found that due to the transitional features of China's economic reform, about 10% households own more than one dwelling through their work units, intergenerational transfer or other advantages. Our survey is more recent than either of these studies, so we are able to update the findings provided in those works after a further half-decade of reform. But there are two important dimensions that, because of our survey, we can provide findings previously unavailable. First, we have more complete information on the work situations of our respondents we are better able to capture the influence of the China-specific factors in property ownership. Second, we have more complete information on the extent of property investment. In particular, we know for many respondents how many properties they own. Third, we have information on the location of property investment, specifically whether respondents invested outside their city of residence. We discuss these topics below in Section 2, which also describes the survey and the data that arose from it. In Section 3 we present the econometric models used in the analysis, while Section 4 presents the results of the estimation. These results emphasize the similarity of homeownership and real estate investment decisions in China and the west. But also there are facets of property ownership uncovered by the survey that apply particularly to the Chinese experience. This includes the influence of employment characteristics other than income in the decisions surrounding property investment. Employees of certain (state-related) industries are more likely to own property. Residents of high priced cities (particularly Shanghai) are more likely to invest outside their cities of residence. There is some indication that migrants from other locations are also more prone to invest outside their city. Somewhat surprisingly, hukou is relatively unimportant to the investment decision, but, given investment, is very important to the location of the owned property. Hukou owners do not buy non-local property as frequently.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Like households in the West, Chinese households are seen to react to economic incentives when it comes to undertaking property investment. People with more resources, (through skills, well-paying positions in prosperous industries, or because there are more adult household members and fewer kids) are more likely to own property, more likely to own more real estate units, and more likely to have geographically diverse investments. However the special conditions of China also play a role. The housing market reform has made certain institutional factors such as local hukou status or communist party membership less important in people's own-or-not-own decision, once income is also controlled for, but other factors such as division between urban and rural residency status still plays a significant role here. Local hukou holders, when they do invest, invest locally, whereas more affluent types have more geographic scope. Those who are employed by domestic private enterprises are less likely to invest in real estate, compared to those employed by the state-owned enterprises, especially smaller firms that are unlikely to provide subsidized rental units. Government employees are more likely to invest, perhaps because they have increased access to such investments Particularly intriguing is the fact that residents of most Tier-1 cities invest in less property, and those that do invest more outside their home areas, which is consistent with a story that suggests that the really large price increases in Tier 1 cities such as Shanghai causes households to purchase fewer properties and purchase them in places outside their current locations. The propensity to invest non-locally is also evidently motivated by a desire for residential options, particularly migrants who may seek a return to a previous location.