The unequal housing and neighborhood outcomes of displaced movers

Megan Evans

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Involuntary housing displacement is a stress-inducing life event that can cause and exacerbate both psychological and material hardship. Forced moves may invoke a disattainment process, whereby displaced movers move into lower quality housing and neighborhoods, placing them in a precarious housing position. Employing propensity score analyses, this study uses data from the recent mover module of the American Housing Survey to match recent movers whose moves were voluntary to recent movers whose moves were forced. Results show that moves caused by displacement compared to voluntary moves generally lead to worse housing and neighborhood outcomes. However, these results are dependent on the type of displacement experienced. Movers forced to leave their homes due to eviction move into worse housing and neighborhoods while forced moves caused by private action and foreclosure do not. Meanwhile, forced moves caused by natural hazards or government action result in worse housing, but not neighborhoods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1214-1234
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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