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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

The Dynamics of Homelessness: Research and Policy
Special Editors: Barrett A. Lee, Marybeth Shinn, and Dennis P. Culhane
Vol. 693, January 2021

In the latest ANNALS volume, “The Dynamics of Homelessness: Research and Policy,” special editors Barrett A. Lee, Marybeth Shinn, and Dennis P. Culhane and their contributors discuss the many facets of homelessness.

Contrary to popular perceptions of homelessness as a static, enduring condition, the volume emphasizes its dynamic nature. The framework that guides the volume integrates structural forces—such as income inequality, an affordable housing shortage, social exclusion, and inadequate safety net programs—with the personal circumstances and challenges that shape individuals’ homeless trajectories. Using this same macro-micro perspective, the volume also evaluates the effectiveness of policies aimed at alleviating homelessness, and highlights variation across contexts in how the dynamics of homelessness operate.


Featured Fellow

Cecilia Rouse

2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow

Cecilia Elena Rouse is the Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. She is also President Biden’s ​pick as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers​ (CEA).

Rouse is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and is currently a senior editor of The Future of Children. In 1998–99 she served a year in the White House at the National Economic Council, and from 2009–2011 she served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She is a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds. She received her BA in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1992.

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