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Title: Housing policy and asset building : exploring the role of home ownership in East Asian social policy
Authors: Lee, J 
Keywords: Asset building
Home ownership
Hong Kong
Housing policy
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: China journal of social work, 2013, v. 6, no. 2, p. 104-117 How to cite?
Journal: China journal of social work 
Abstract: Western societies promote home ownership in the belief that it provides a means to build up individual welfare and security, potentially offsetting the inadequacy of social security to meet needs in retirement. Some East Asian economies have long focused on advancing 'asset building' through housing policy. These efforts have two purposes: to use housing investment to drive economic development and to build family assets throughout life as a component of income protection for old age. These purposes work well in some countries but not as well in others. In policy terms, the common element among them is that governments promote home ownership as a component of social policy or as a complement to mainstream welfare. This article examines how home ownership fares as a form of asset-based welfare in selected East Asian countries (Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan) and considers the implications for understanding the role of institutions in development.
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2013.797359
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