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Women's Homelessness: International Evidence on Causes, Consequences, Coping and Policies

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  • Johnson, Guy

    (RMIT University)

  • Ribar, David C.

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    (University of Melbourne)

  • Zhu, Anna

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    (University of Melbourne)

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    This paper reviews international evidence regarding women's homelessness. It discusses different definitions of homelessness and how women are frequently part of the "hidden homeless" population and less a part of the unsheltered homeless population. It also considers the data that are used to enumerate and study homeless people. The structural, personal, and random causes of homelessness are discussed, with evidence pointing to highly gendered patterns. The paper also describes the consequences of women's homelessness, including the consequences for children, and the material and psychological coping strategies that homeless people employ. It considers policies to reduce homelessness and ameliorate its problems.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 10614.

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    Length: 42 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2017
    Publication status: forthcoming in: Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10614
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    1. Nicolas Herault & David C. Ribar, 2016. "Food Insecurity and Homelessness in the Journeys Home Survey," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2016n15, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    2. Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Herault, Nicolas & Scutella, Rosanna & Tseng, Yi-Ping, 2016. "A journey home: What drives how long people are homeless?," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 57-72.
    3. McVicar, Duncan & Moschion, Julie & van Ours, Jan C., 2015. "From substance use to homelessness or vice versa?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 136, pages 89-98.
    4. Allgood, Sam & Warren, Ronald Jr., 2003. "The duration of homelessness: evidence from a national survey," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 273-290, December.
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