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David C. Philips

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
Department of Economics
University of Notre Dame
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September 2019Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: A Review of the Evidence and Charting a Research Agenda
with William N. Evans, Krista J. Ruffini: w26232
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.
 
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