Evicting children

Matthew Desmond, Weihua An, Richelle Winkler, Thomas Ferriss

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This study identifies children as a risk factor for eviction. An analysis of aggregate data shows that neighborhoods with a high percentage of children experience increased evictions. An analysis of individual data based on an original survey shows that among tenants who appear in eviction court, those with children are significantly more likely to receive an eviction judgment. These findings indicate that policymakers interested in monitoring and reducing discrimination should focus not only on the front end of the housing process-the freedom to obtain housing anywhere-but also on the back end: the freedom to maintain housing anywhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-327
Number of pages25
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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