An empirical Coasian study on the socio-economic profiles of two politically sensitive informal settlements: Kowloon Walled City and Rennie's Mill

Lawrence W.C. LAI*, Prudence L.K. LAU, Mark Hansley CHUA

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Informed by the “corollary of Coase Theorem” (Lai and Hung, 2008; Lai et al., 2007), for a better understanding of the self-help post-war development of two politically sensitive and vanished places in Hong Kong, the so-called “Kowloon Walled City” (Lai, 2016; Lai and Chua, 2017; Lau et al., 2018) and Rennie's Mill (Lan, 2006), which have attracted academic interest but remained under-researched in terms of empirical scrutiny, this study: • Identify and compare their institutional arrangements by archival research; • identify and compare their development outcomes, as measured by census and other official data including mapping and photographic information, supplemented by published oral history of witnesses; and • establish and discuss the relationship between the differences in institutional arrangements and development outcomes in terms of a landlord-tenant analogy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104750
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume97
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are thankful to three anonymous referees for their useful comments and advice; the Information Services Department for the supply of Figure 2; Mr. Kenny H.K. Law for his assistance in collecting census statistics for Figures 2, 4 and 5; Mr. Ophi P.Y. Chow for his art work for Figure 7; and the Architecture Services Department for the supply of Figure 11. Above all, they are thankful to the advice of 4 of the 5 ryeferees for grant application RGC Ref No. 17620619 ?An empirical Coasian study on two politically sensitive settlements: Kowloon Walled City and Rennies Mill? filed by the first author.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Coase theorem
  • Institutional arrangements
  • Kowloon Walled City
  • Rennie's Mill
  • Resource allocation

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