Forced Displacement From Rental Housing: Prevalence and Neighborhood Consequences

Matthew Desmond, Tracey Shollenberger

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Drawing on novel survey data of Milwaukee renters, this study documents the prevalence of involuntary displacement from housing and estimates its consequences for neighborhood selection. More than one in eight Milwaukee renters experienced an eviction or other kind of forced move in the previous two years. Multivariate analyses suggest that renters who experienced a forced move relocate to poorer and higher-crime neighborhoods than those who move under less-demanding circumstances. By providing evidence implying that involuntary displacement is a critical yet overlooked mechanism of neighborhood inequality, this study helps to clarify why some city dwellers live in much worse neighborhoods than their peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1751-1772
Number of pages22
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography


  • Displacement
  • Eviction
  • Neighborhood selection
  • Residential mobility
  • Urban inequality


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