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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390625

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.001.0001

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Growing up in Hong Kong before and after 1980

Growing up in Hong Kong before and after 1980

Housing and Divorce Matter

(p.162) 21 Growing up in Hong Kong before and after 1980
Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Hong Kong’s public housing estates are transforming into areas of growing poverty, with more divorced households. They are increasingly weak neighborhoods for motivating children to higher aspirations. There are doubts about the wisdom of continuing the development of more public rental housing units to solve our shortage of housing units. A far better solution is to build subsidized homes for ownership so that families have a stake to stay together and work for a better future. By keeping families together, more children will be prevented from falling into a state of disadvantage that will be detrimental to their future upward social mobility. Why foster and concentrate the poor and the divorced in publicly subsidized ghettos? Poor children deserve a better deal. A city of homeowners is also less politically divided.

Keywords:   Public housing, Private housing, Divorce, subsidized, Intergenerational upward mobility, Income

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