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Housing, allocation of
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After the establishment of the PRC, the urban housing market in China was organized mainly as a publicly supported housing system. Before 1949, there were very few subsidized apartments. If at all available, they were reserved for government officials. Common workers and low-income households had no access to living space reduced in price. Although in the early years of the PRC, the urban housing sector was characterized by a massive lack of living space and sometimes catastrophic living conditi…

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Taubmann, Wolfgang, “Housing, allocation of”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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