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Roadmap to a Unified Measure of Housing Insecurity

48 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2016 Last revised: 3 May 2017

Robynn Cox

University of Southern California

Benjamin Henwood

University of Southern California

Eric Rice

University of Southern California

Suzanne L. Wenzel

University of Southern California - School of Social Work

Date Written: January 1, 2017

Abstract

We argue for the development of a unified measure of housing insecurity, which includes the creation of a consistent definition and an instrument that allows researchers to accurately measure the problem. Our survey of the literature uncovers that there are multiple terms and definitions used to describe housing insecurity. Based on our analysis, we argue for one term, housing insecurity, and we put forth a definition that captures the various dimensions of this issue. Ultimately, we believe expert policy makers, practitioners, and academicians should convene to define and develop this measure, and that the development of the U.S. Food Security Survey Module provides a blueprint for how this can be accomplished.

Keywords: housing insecurity;

Suggested Citation

Cox, Robynn and Henwood, Benjamin and Rice, Eric and Wenzel, Suzanne L., Roadmap to a Unified Measure of Housing Insecurity (January 1, 2017). CESR-Schaeffer Working Paper No. 2016-013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2817626

Robynn Cox (Contact Author)

University of Southern California ( email )

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Benjamin Henwood

University of Southern California ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Eric Rice

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Suzanne L. Wenzel

University of Southern California - School of Social Work ( email )

United States

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