Determinant Factors and Influence of Job-housing Imbalance in East Asian Context

Sifan Cheng, Benxian Chang


In recent years, the imbalance of job-housing in metropolitan areas has intensified, raising hot discussion on job-housing spatial relationship and employment accessibility in related fields. This article aimed to classify the reasons, impact and the corresponding solution of job-housing imbalance by reviewing the formation and development process of this concept and analyzing the cases from 3 countries in East Asia. The article concludes that job-housing imbalance is related to urban sprawl and decentralization, with issues from the planning, industrial, and individual levels. The impact of job-housing imbalance is illustrated in limited travel choice, social segregation, low quality of life and pressure on the urban environment. Solutions that have been taken so far can be classified into ameliorating job-housing spatial mismatch and providing more travel choices.


Jobs-Housing Balance; East Asia; Suburbanization; New Town

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