Research Project

Determinants of Skyscraper Heights and Completion Rates

Project Start: October 2015
Project Completion: October 2016
Principal Investigators: Jason Barr, Rutgers University

The 2015 Research Seed Funding, sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, was awarded to Jason Barr, an economics professor at Rutgers University who will investigate the determinants of skyscraper heights and completion rates across 62 Chinese cities from 1978 to 2014. Starting from a data set of all completed buildings related to the study, Barr has run statistical analyses to investigate what factors contribute to development. The winning proposal was chosen by CTBUH’s Expert Peer Review Committee out of 28 total submissions.


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About the Funding Partner

Sun Hung Kai Properties puts its long-standing belief in Building Homes with Heart into practice, on the one hand by developing residences of the finest quality and offering first-class service to customers, and also by contributing to the good of the community to make Hong Kong a better home for everyone.


The Group understands that buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most people make in their lives, and so it spares no effort to deliver the very best. Vertical integration from planning, material sourcing and construction through to project monitoring and property management ensures high standards in every aspect of development.


The Group's seasoned management team follows prudent strategies for long-term business development and its philosophy includes a strong sense of social responsibility, both to customers and the public.



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