In this study, researchers sought to understand the potential causality between evictions and subsequent adverse economic outcomes. Linking Cook County court records over a period of seventeen years with credit bureau and payday loans data, researchers find high levels and striking increases in financial strain in the years before an eviction case is filed, and identify new causal evidence on how eviction affects financial distress, residential mobility, and neighborhood quality.
Abstract and Citation
Eviction and Poverty in American Cities. Robert Collinson, John Eric Humphries, Nicholas S. Mader, Davin Reed, Daniel I. Tannenbaum, and Winnie L. van Dijk. NBER Working Paper No. 26139. August 2019, Revised August 2022.