Institutional Obstacles to China in Adopting the Real Property Tax

  • Yilin Hou
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter offers an analysis of the institutional obstacles to adopting the local property tax in China, including the property right and use right to urban land. It traces the turnover from private to public ownership of land in rural and urban areas around the founding in 1949 of the People’s Republic of China and subsequent changes, which inspires insight into this problem unique to China. The chapter then taps into why local governments can capitalize on the state ownership of urban land to build infrastructure and how they did it within a two-decade period, as well as the problems involved in doing so.


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  • Yilin Hou
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  1. 1.The Maxwell SchoolSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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