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Study Shows Housing Instability Influences Household Composition

Urban Affairs Review
 

Research conducted by Harvard University professors Matthew Desmond and Kristin Perkins used a sample of over 500 renters in Milwaukee who recently moved to explore the impact of changing residences on household instability (i.e., changes regarding which adults live in the household).

Desmond and Perkins found that over half of their sample experienced changes in the adult composition of their household. Almost 90 percent of households with children under the age of two experienced this phenomenon.

Prior research in the field of residential instability has explored the impact of moving on educational attainment, delinquency, teenage pregnancy, etc. However, it has failed to acknowledge the influence of changes to household composition when the moves occur. The authors encourage future research to take this into consideration.

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