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Implementation analysis of transfer of development rights for conserving privately-owned built heritage in Hong Kong: transaction costs perspective

Hou, J., Gu, D., Shahab, Sina and Hon-wan Chan, E. 2019. Implementation analysis of transfer of development rights for conserving privately-owned built heritage in Hong Kong: transaction costs perspective. Growth and Change 10.1111/grow.12350
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Abstract

Transfer of development rights (TDR) programs are introduced as an alternative institutional innovation to the traditional regulatory instruments for land development. They meet the demand for development and conservation while balancing the conflicts between public and private interests with minimal use of public funds. Most TDR literature is about nature conservation and there is little focus on the complicated process and diverse stakeholders’ interests of urban land use in dealing with built heritage conservation. Previous studies show that the success of TDR programs depends on various elements, especially policy design and implementation approaches. The design and implementation of TDR programs involves transaction costs that can reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of these programs. This paper aims at developing a framework for analyzing TDR programs. This proposed framework not only takes transactions costs into account, but also provides a basis for decision makers to decipher the process of informal TDR. Using Hong Kong as a case study, three TDR implementation modes are selected to examine how different informal institutional arrangements have resulted in specific transaction costs in practice and hindered TDR projects. Our findings, which are informed by transactions costs economics, provide practical insights in order to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of TDR programs, particularly in informal contexts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0017-4815
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 December 2019
Date of Acceptance: 12 November 2019
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 12:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/127577

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