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The city as laboratory and the urban-rural divide: the revival of private property and its limits in urban China

By Tim Murphy and Ting Xu


This paper focuses on the revival of private property and its limits in urban China. It explores the emergence of urban property markets; urban property-holding in relation to the complexity of urban governance; “minor property rights apartments” that form a de facto real estate market and cross over the urban-rural divide; the “grey areas” of blurring legal and administrative boundaries in modern China; and recent changes to the rural land system and the rural-urban divide. The conclusion flags the theme of the city as laboratory with regard to the blurring legal and governmental urban-rural distinction

Topics: HB Economic Theory
Publisher: CEFC
Year: 2008
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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