The increasing financialization of China’s urbanization

Theurillat, Thierry (Haute école de gestion Arc, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale) ; Lenzer, James (The Education University of Hong Kong) ; Zhan, Hongyu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

This article provides a heuristic framework to address issues about China’s ongoing urbanization in relation to the role of land and built environment as triggers for economic growth and to the increasing financialization of urban production. While a dominant field of literature highlights the interrelation between land and capital within a specific institutional setting between central and local governments, it argues to include other key linkages between infrastructures, property development and finance to understand China’s recent exponential urban growth. It first places the current consequent local governments’ debt into perspective along with the evolution of financial circuits for urban infrastructures resulting from central government policy and regulation changes. Next, and in line with the real estate literature that highlights the key role of demand, it develops an original understanding of the financialization of urban production from the perspective of China’s property industry. Besides the role of homeownership policies since 1998, which boosted urban production based on use value, various ways of the transformation of property into financial assets have occurred. Chinese households as the main investors have not only been able to directly invest in housing and in non-housing by purchasing flats or commercial property but indirectly by increasing investments in special purpose vehicles such as trust -bank and funds finance and new kinds of investment platforms. In both cases, central government macro-policies, both stimulating and restricting from 2008-2016, has gone in hand with increasing financialization processes for local governments’debt, urban infrastructure financing and real estate.


Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEG Arc
Institute:
Aucun institut
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Date:
2017-07
Pagination:
33 p.
Published in:
Financial geography working paper
Numeration (vol. no.):
2017, vol. 6
ISSN:
2515-0111
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