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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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  • Michela BRAGA & Lucia CORNO, 2009. "Being an homeless: evidence from Italy," Departmental Working Papers 2009-17, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Universit√† degli Studi di Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2009-17
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    1. Lucia Corno, 2012. "Peer Effects on Criminal Behavior. Evidence from the homeless," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2012015, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.

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    Keywords

    Homelessness; Data collection; S-night approach;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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