Factors Influencing the Project Duration of Urban Village Redevelopment in Contemporary China

Dinghuan YUAN, Yung YAU, Huiying Cynthia HOU, Yongshen LIU

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Project duration is one of the methods to measure the efficiency of project implementation. This study identifies the factors influencing the project duration of urban village redevelopment projects (UVRPs) in China. Based on the theory of new institutional economics and behavioral economics, this study develops three hypotheses regarding the causal relationship between institutional arrangement and project duration. Statistical analysis of data on 439 UVRPs collected from seven Chinese cities revealed that projects implemented through top-down institutional arrangements were more likely to take a long time than those implemented through bottom-up institutional arrangements. Projects implemented through top-down and government funding were more efficient than those implemented through top-down and villager funding. For bottom-up projects, there was no conclusion about whether village funding or private developer funding led to shorter project duration. Other determinants, including city, project attributes and initiation year, number of households involved, size of temporary relocation fee, and methods of selecting relocated housing, calculating temporary relocation fee and calculating relocation area influenced project duration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number707
Number of pages24
Issue number7
Early online date5 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by Jinan University Startup Foundation, grant number 55800001.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • bottom-up redeveloment
  • urban village
  • project duration
  • land redevelopment
  • new institutional economics
  • China
  • Land redevelopment
  • New institutional economics
  • Urban village
  • Bottom-up redevelopment
  • Project duration


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