A journey home: what drives how long people are homeless?

Cobb-Clark, Deborah A., Herault, Nicolas, Scutella, Rosanna and Tseng, Yi-Ping (2015). A journey home: what drives how long people are homeless?. LCC Working Paper Series 2014-05, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Herault, Nicolas
Scutella, Rosanna
Tseng, Yi-Ping
Title A journey home: what drives how long people are homeless?
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2014-05
Publication date 2015-09
Total pages 38
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper uses survival analysis to model exits over time from two alternative notions of homelessness. We are unique in being able to account for time-invariant, unobserved heterogeneity. We find that duration dependence has an inverted U-shape with exit rates initially increasing (indicating positive duration dependence) and then falling. Like previous researchers, we find results consistent with negative duration dependence in models which ignore unobserved heterogeneity. Exit rates out of homelessness fall with age and with the education level of mothers. Women are more likely than men to exit homelessness when it is broadly conceived, but appear to be less likely to exit when it is narrowly defined. Finally, higher paternal education and exemptions from welfare-related activity requirements due to either mental or physical health conditions are all associated with higher exit rates.
Keyword Homelessness
Housing insecurity
Survival analysis
Duration dependence
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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