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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 542;

Are They Neck and Neck in the Affordable Housing Policies? A Cross Case Comparison of Three Metropolitan Cities in China

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080, USA
School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Institute of Public Affairs Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Gushan District, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Hongbo Liu, Sizhong Sun and Iain Gordon
Received: 24 November 2016 / Revised: 14 March 2017 / Accepted: 20 March 2017 / Published: 1 April 2017
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Many municipal governments have adopted affordable housing policies to benefit people whose socio-economic status is not commensurate with the price of housing. However, the effects and the functions of these policies in the city on sustainable development and living remains limited. Using a comparative case study, this study explores the characteristics and effects of affordable housing policies in three metropolitan cities in China: Beijing, Tianjin, and Guangshou. This study finds that these cities have their unique affordable housing policies and have experienced various challenges in implementing those policies. Conclusions and implications for other cities in China are addressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: affordable housing; sustainability; poverty; inequality; China affordable housing; sustainability; poverty; inequality; China

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Cai, X.; Tsai, C.-C.; Wu, W.-N. Are They Neck and Neck in the Affordable Housing Policies? A Cross Case Comparison of Three Metropolitan Cities in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 542.

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