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Land Use Rights, Government Land Supply, and the Pattern of Redevelopment in Shanghai


  • Yuming Fu

    () (Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, University of Wisconsin)

  • Tsur Somerville

    () (Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia)

  • Mengdi Gu

    (School of Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, PRC)

  • Tongcheng Huang

    (School of Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, PRC)


This paper reviews the urban redevelopment activities in Shanghai as the land market reforms were introduced. We focus on the impact of land use institutions on the spatial pattern of these activities. Sites for private real estate redevelopment were supplied by individual districts in the city. But the need for districts to pay for the resettlement of displaced residents contributed to a spatial mismatch between the supply of redevelopment sites and the market demand for commercial real estate space. Resettlement costs are highest at the high demand locations. State owned enterprises and institutions occupying land allocated by the state also engaged in real estate development. Whereas the density of private redevelopment was sensitive to the volume of commercial activities in a district, this does not appear to have been important in determining the location of the significant increase in the stock of commercial space resulting from development by local enterprises and institutions. This growth shows considerable decentralization between 1993 and 1996,indicative of spatially inefficient redevelopment activities by land-rich state enterprises.

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  • Yuming Fu & Tsur Somerville & Mengdi Gu & Tongcheng Huang, 1999. "Land Use Rights, Government Land Supply, and the Pattern of Redevelopment in Shanghai," International Real Estate Review, Asian Real Estate Society, vol. 2(1), pages 49-78.
  • Handle: RePEc:ire:issued:v:02:n:01:1999:p:49-78

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    1. Feng, Juan & Lichtenberg, Erik & Ding, Chengri, 2015. "Balancing act: Economic incentives, administrative restrictions, and urban land expansion in China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 184-197.
    2. Lichtenberg, Erik & Ding, Chengri, 2009. "Local officials as land developers: Urban spatial expansion in China," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(1), pages 57-64, July.
    3. Ding, Chengri & Lichtenberg, Erik, 2008. "Using Land to Promote Urban Economic Growth in China," Working Papers 36748, University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
    4. Fu, Yuming & Somerville, C. Tsuriel, 2001. "Site Density Restrictions: Measurement and Empirical Analysis," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 404-423, March.
    5. Zheng, Siqi & Fu, Yuming & Liu, Hongyu, 2006. "Housing-choice hindrances and urban spatial structure: Evidence from matched location and location-preference data in Chinese cities," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(3), pages 535-557, November.

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    Institutions; Land Market; Economic Transition; Urban Redevelopment; Shanghai;

    JEL classification:

    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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