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Europeans’ willingness to pay for ending homelessness: a contingent valuation study

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Show simple item record Loubière, Sandrine Taylor, Owen Tinland, Aurelie Vargas-Moniz, Maria J. O'Shaughnessy, Branagh R. Bokszczanin, Anna Kallmen, Hakan Bernad, Roberto Wolf, Judith R. Santinello, Massimo Loundou, Anderson Ornelas, José Auquier, Pascal 2020-03-23T12:24:21Z 2020-03-23T12:24:21Z 2020
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to assess the utility value European citizens put on an innovative social program aimed at reducing homelessness. The Housing First (HF) model involves access to regular, scattered, independent and integrated housing in the community with the support of a multidisciplinary team. Currently, HF is not implemented by most European countries or funded by healthcare or social plans, but randomised controlled trials have stressed significant results for improved housing stability, recovery and healthcare services use. The broader implementation of HF across Europe would benefit from a better understanding of citizens' preferences and “willingness to pay” (WTP) for medico-social interventions like HF. We conducted a representative telephone survey between March and December 2017 in eight European countries (France, Ireland, Italy,theNetherlands,Poland,Portugal, Spain,andSweden).Respondent'sWTPforHF(N=5631)wasassessed through a contingent valuation method with a bidding algorithm. 42.3% of respondents were willing to pay more taxes to reduce homelessness through the HF model, and significant differences were found between countries (p < 0.001); 30.4% of respondents who did not value the HF model were protest zeros (either contested the payment vehicle-taxes- or the survey instrument). Respondents were willing to pay €28.2 (±11) through annual taxation for the HF model. Respondents with higher educational attainment, who paid national taxes, reported positive attitudes about homelessness, or reported practices to reduce homelessness (donations, volunteering) were more likely to value the HF model, with some countries' differences also related to factors at the environmental level. These findings inform key stakeholders that European citizens are aware of the issue of homelessness in their countries and thats caling upt he HFmode lacross Europe is both feasible and likely to have public support. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Science and Medicine;247, 112802
dc.subject Europe en_US
dc.subject willingness to pay en_US
dc.subject contingent valuation method en_US
dc.subject housing first homelessness en_US
dc.title Europeans’ willingness to pay for ending homelessness: a contingent valuation study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112802
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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