The Economics of Homelessness

Glen Bramley, Jenny Wood

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There is not a large economic literature on homelessness, particularly outside North America, but there are insights which the discipline can bring to what is a persistent policy problem. This chapter briefly reviews definitions and issues of measurement, before examining the (micro) theoretical perspectives which can be used to understand aspects of homelessness. It reviews a range of approaches to modelling the risk or experience of homelessness, highlighting key general findings on risk and drivers while also reflecting on methodology. It then reviews some studies of the cost-effectiveness of different interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Housing Economics
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429327339
ISBN (Print)9780367347178
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2024


  • Affordability
  • Complex Needs
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Allowances
  • Housing Standards
  • Incentives
  • Income Distribution
  • Information Asymmetries
  • Social Costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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