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Do Childhood Experiences of Parental Separation Lead to Homelessness?

J MOSCHION, JC van Ours

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research | Published : 2017

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of parental separation on homelessness. Previous studies have only been able to provide descriptive evidence that parental separations relate to reductions in housing quality and stability. Using a unique dataset of disadvantaged Australians who provide retrospective information on parental separation and housing circumstances, we estimate bivariate duration models to examine transitions into homelessness following parental separation. Controlling for observed as well as unobserved family and individual characteristics, and exploiting the timing of events, we show that parental separation significantly increases the likelihood of experiencing homelessness ..

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