Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Development Economics


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Bruce Wydick


Abstract: The Syrian Civil War has claimed at least two hundred thousand lives and more than four million people have fled Syria. Of those, about six hundred thousand have registered with the UNHCR in Jordan, and at least eighty thousand live in Jordan’s Zaatari Camp. It is within this context that this research attempts to analyze the vulnerability of Syrian Refugees living in Jordan in two very different environments, the Zaatari Camp and non-camp communities. We conduct a covariate matching analysis to compare the differences in socioeconomic conditions and psychological well-being among the heads of Syrian households. Our results suggest that even though there are very few labor opportunities for Syrian families within Zaatari Camp, the variety and quality of attentions within the camp environment facilitates them to cope with some of the uncertainties and challenges they have to face after they have been displaced from their country of origin and while they are seeking for their reintegration in Jordan.