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Being an homeless: evidence from Italy

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  • Michela BRAGA

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  • Lucia CORNO

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Homelessness is the most extreme example of poverty in industrialized countries. Economic research on homelessness is almost non-existent because of the difficulties in surveying highly mobile populations. The paper presents and discusses an extensive and representative survey among homeless people in Milan and it aims at opening a new line of research in the economic literature. We found an overwhelming majority of males in the central part of their life. Surprisingly, 30 percent of the respondents is currently working and about 33 percent has completed compulsory education. The main reasons for homelessness are unemployment, followed by a family relationship breakdown.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2009-17.

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Date of creation: 14 Sep 2009
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