CMM - Childhood homelessness and adult employment: The role of Education, incarceration and welfare receipt
7 July 2015, 4.00 PM - 7 July 2015, 5.00 PM
Dr Anna Zhu of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Room 1.20, 35 Berkeley Square
Centre for Multilevel Modelling
Abstract: This paper analyses the long-term consequences of children experiencing homelessness. Our primary goal is to assess the importance of the alternative pathways that potentially link childhood homelessness to adult employment. We find that children who experience homelessness are less likely to be employed as adults. For women, this link is largely explained by the mediating influences of low educational attainment and welfare receipt (whether in general or in the form of mental illness-related disability payments). The direct effect of childhood homelessness on employment is much larger for men than for women. Nonetheless, dropping out of high school and incarceration are both mediating this relationship for men.
Biography: Dr Anna Zhu is a research fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of New South Wales in 2014, studying the topic of maternal employment and the care of children. Anna is currently working on the topics of childhood disadvantage, child development, disability, employment and the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage. Most of her work involves applying micro-econometric techniques to large scale surveys or administrative datasets.