Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: A Review of the Evidence and Charting a Research Agenda

66 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2019 Last revised: 5 Sep 2021

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William N. Evans

University of Notre Dame; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

David Phillips

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Econonomic Opportunities, Department of Economics

Krista Ruffini

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy; Georgetown University

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

Homelessness may be both a cause of and one of the more extreme outcomes of poverty. Governments at all levels have a variety of tools to combat homelessness, and these strategies have changed dramatically over the past quarter century. In this paper, we catalog the policy responses, the existing literature on the effectiveness of these strategies, and the major gaps that need to be addressed in future research. We focus on studies from randomized controlled trial evaluations and the best quasi-experimental designs, and discuss outstanding questions that can be addressed with these same methods.

Suggested Citation

Evans, William N. and Phillips, David and Ruffini, Krista, Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: A Review of the Evidence and Charting a Research Agenda (September 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3450258

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David Phillips

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Krista Ruffini

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