The antipoverty effect of public rental housing in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This paper examines the antipoverty effect of public rental housing (PRH) in Hong Kong based on a comparison of estimated imputed rents from PRH through regression-based and stratified rental equivalence methods. Empirical analysis shows that stratified equivalence method tended to generate a larger effect of poverty rate reduction and smaller effect of poverty gap reduction than regression-based method. The study identified a trend towards upwardly biased estimate of public imputed rent in the implementation of stratified equivalence method in Hong Kong where limited strata was available for the estimation. The development of antipoverty measures may be misguided if the stratified equivalence method is used in its current form in Hong Kong. The paper suggests that the choice of estimation method has important implications for evaluating the pros and cons of PRH from both poverty reduction and budgetary perspectives. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-213
JournalHabitat International
Volume46
Early online dateJan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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Citation

Hu, F. Z. Y., & Chou, K.-L. (2015). The antipoverty effect of public rental housing in Hong Kong. Habitat International, 46, 206-213.

Keywords

  • Public rental housing
  • Poverty
  • Imputed rent
  • Hong Kong