Housing sources and its determinants of China's urban youth: empirical analysis based on only-child property and floating features

SONG Jian1 LI Jing1

(1.School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China 100872)

【Abstract】Housing problem has been one of the important economic,social and livelihood issues for youth. Based on the data of 2009 National Urban Youth Survey, ANOVA and multi-nomial logistic regression are used to analyze housing sources and its determinants of urban youth from the perspective of only-child property, floating features and marriage status. It turns out that housing stratification exists among the urban youth. Compared with their counterparts who have siblings, only-children are more likely to purchase houses, but mostly with the aid of their parents. The floating status of youth may lessen the probability of purchasing houses, and make youth more likely to rent houses. The first marriage will dramatically increase the probability of purchasing houses for the youth, and childbearing will increase the probability of purchasing houses for non-only-children. Besides, family and personal characteristics also have significant effects on housing sources of youth. Solving the housing problem of youth will contribute to reducing the social differentiation and promoting the social stability.

【Keywords】 urban youth; housing sources; only-child; floating features; life events;


【Funds】 Supported by Science Research Fund (Central Universities Scietific Research Special Fund) of Renmin University of China: Study on China's social policies in the only-child era (10XNJ025)

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    [1]. 1 The survey is funded by "Survey and Analysis on Chinese Only-children" Project 985 by Renmin University of China. [^Back]

    [2]. 1 As remarried, divorced and widowed urban young people account for only 0.73% of total sample, only first marriage is considered in this paper. [^Back]

    [3]. 2 Gross income in the questionnaire is a continuous variable, with median being CNY 20,000, upper and lower quartiles being CNY 12,000 and CNY 30,000. [^Back]


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CN: 22-1017/C

Vol 37, No. 06, Pages 14-24

November 2015


Article Outline


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Issue, theory and assumption
  • 3 Data sources, main concepts and variables
  • 4 Main housing sources of urban youth
  • 5 Factors that influence housing sources of urban youth
  • 6 Conclusion and discussion
  • Footnote