Speaker Lillian Leung, Graduate Research Asst., Eviction Lab, Princeton University, for the Wright Center Seminars in "Data Justice"
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Understanding eviction is foundational to understanding poverty and the affordable housing crisis in America and informing evidence-based policy change. This presentation focuses on two related projects from the Eviction Lab that illustrate the potential and challenges of using large administrative datasets to shed light on social issues such as evictions. This talk will first discuss the Eviction Lab's national eviction database, for which the Eviction Lab drew on millions of court records between 2000 and 2016 to provide a comprehensive analysis of evictions in America. In cleaning data for this first project, the Lab uncovered the phenomenon of serial evictions, which occur when landlords repeatedly file against the same tenant at the same address. This discovery led to a second, mixed-methods project. While longitudinal administrative data allows us to demonstrate the scope of the phenomenon, in-depth interviews with landlords help expand upon why serial evictions are occurring. Together, these projects have been influential to sparking discussion about landlord-tenant laws and eviction policies across the country, most evidently during the pandemic.
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