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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208654

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208654.001.0001

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Divorce, Remarriage, and the Long-Term Housing Strategy

Divorce, Remarriage, and the Long-Term Housing Strategy

(p.91) 13 Divorce, Remarriage, and the Long-Term Housing Strategy
Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

The current public rental housing allocation criteria favor married couples but do not discriminate between first marriages and remarriages. Implicit in such allocation criteria is a positive incentive that subsidizes divorces and generates a penalty on children who inevitably suffer from broken families. The growing numbers of divorced women living in public rental housing units imply a rising number of children growing up in broken families in public rental housing estates. This is not conducive to upward social mobility but sets the stage for the production of a new underclass that perpetuates intergenerational inequality. A housing strategy is not merely about how many housing units to build. It is also about what kind of society we will be encouraging through policies that influence household allocation choices. It is important that we think through more clearly and examine more carefully what is at stake. Errors in policy will haunt many future generations.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Housing, Housing policy, Public Housing, Politics, Social mobility, Population, Economics, Growth

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