Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type

Restricted Thesis - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Wydick


This paper identifies the causal implications of a long-term intervention program on children with an incarcerated parent or parents. This intervention program was created with the purpose of ending intergenerational incarceration for families located in the state of Georgia. This paper uses an instrumental variable analysis and machine learning methods to evaluate outcomes of children who attended camp at any point between the years 2000-2011 compared to eligible children who did not attend camp during those times. We found that attending Camp Hope reduced the likelihood of committing a felony or being incarcerated in prison.

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