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

42 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2017

See all articles by David Ribar

David Ribar

George Washington University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Anna Zhu

RMIT University

Abstract

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.

Keywords: homelessness, women, children, hidden homeless, policies, coping strategies

JEL Classification: I30, R31

Suggested Citation

Ribar, David C. and Zhu, Anna, Women's Homelessness: International Evidence on Causes, Consequences, Coping and Policies. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10614. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940604

David C. Ribar

George Washington University - Department of Economics ( email )

Monroe Hall, Suite 340
2115 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052 20052
United States
202-994-7608 (Phone)
202-994-6147 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Anna Zhu

RMIT University ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
37
Abstract Views
199
PlumX Metrics