Property Rights Index in China compared to Asia

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Singapore 97
Hong Kong 94
Japan 89
Taiwan 86
Malaysia 85
South Korea 78
Brunei 63
Bhutan 60
Macau 60
Kazakhstan 56
Armenia 55
India 55
Georgia 55
Mongolia 51
Thailand 51
Kyrgyztan 51
Azerbaijan 50
Vietnam 50
Philippines 49
China 48
Indonesia 48
Sri Lanka 48
Uzbekistan 48
Tajikistan 45
Maldives 45
Cambodia 42
Nepal 37
Pakistan 36
Laos 35
Bangladesh 35
Turkmenistan 32
North Korea 32
Afghanistan 13
Timor-Leste 7

China: Property rights index

A subcomponent of the Index of Economic Freedom, the property rights index measures the degree to which a countrys laws protect private property rights, and the degree to which its government enforces those laws.

Higher scores are more desirable, i.e. property rights are better protected. Scores are from 0 to 100.

The index also assesses the likelihood that private property will be expropriated and analyzes the independence of the judiciary, the existence of corruption within the judiciary, and the ability of individuals and businesses to enforce contracts.

The Global Property Guide considers protection of property rights as a significant factor affecting the desirability of a residential real estate investment.

Source: The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal

China has poor house price statistics. The National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBSC) has monthly house price time-series starting January 2011 but only until August of 2013. Another source of house price indices is eHomeday, Shanghai's largest property market web site, which has time-series for Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Beijing, Yangzhou and Suzhou (but the site is only in Chinese, and no time-series are available). Colliers International publishes useful housing data in their quarterly property market reviews. General economics statistics are available from the NBSC and the People's Bank of China.