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

Wenjie Wu, Wenzhong Zhang, Guanpeng Dong

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalHabitat International
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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