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Mobility of the Chinese Urban Poor - A Case Study of Hefei City

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  • Zhong-Ren Peng

    () (Center for Advanced Spatial Information Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

  • Yi Zhu

    () (Center for Advanced Spatial Information Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

  • Shunfeng Song

    () (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno)

Abstract

In a rapid economic development environment with rising income, escalating motorization, and growing urbanization, it is natural for government policies to focus on solving congestion related problems caused by the increased car ownership and usage. The mobility needs of the urban poor have been traditionally neglected in policy and in practice, particularly in developing countries. This paper addresses the mobility challenges the urban poor are facing based on a household travel survey in the City of Hefei in China. It first presents travel behaviors, transportation costs and commuting problems of the urban poor. It then discusses the urban transportation policy implications and examines the prevailing trends of urban transportation policies and plans in Chinese cities. Policy recommendations are suggested to improve the mobility needs of the urban poor.

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  • Zhong-Ren Peng & Yi Zhu & Shunfeng Song, 2006. "Mobility of the Chinese Urban Poor - A Case Study of Hefei City," Working Papers 06-004, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics;University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:unr:wpaper:06-004
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    Urban transportation; poverty; mobility;

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    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General

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