Journal article

Do Childhood Experiences of Parental Separation Lead to Homelessness?

J Moschion, J van Ours

European Economic Review | Elsevier | Published : 2019


This paper investigates whether parental separation increases the likelihood of becoming homeless for disadvantaged households. Previous studies have only provided descriptive evidence for the general population suggesting 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 examine transitions into homelessness following parental separation. Accounting for observed as well as unobserved family and individual characteristics, and exploiting the timing of events, we show that parental separation significantly increases the l..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper uses unit record data from Journeys Home: Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability (Journeys Home). The study was initiated and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne. The Department of Employment has provided information for use in Journeys Home and it is managed by the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research. The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DSS, the Department of Employment or the Melbourne Institute. The authors would like to thank Melisa Bubonya, William N. Evans, Dan O'Flaherty, Leslie Martin, Nicolas Salamanca, Kjell Salvanes, Yi-Ping Tseng and participants at the Columbia Population Research Center Seminar (Columbia School of Social Work) and at the Urban Seminar of the Furman Center (New York University) for useful comments on earlier drafts.