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

Bruce Wydick


The United States has the highest rate of incarceration globally. The goal of this research is to gain a better understanding of how incarceration has impacted the lives of children who have an incarcerated parent. We analyzed a program called Camp Hope, located in Marietta, Georgia. The data used were lists of children who attended camp and children who were contacted to attend camp but have yet to go. The individuals in the study are all now over the age of 18. The data was from 2000-2010. We manually looked up each individual to see if we found records in either the George state prison or the local county jails. The method chosen to conduct this research is an instrumental variable. The interaction is geography, specifically the zip code, and the child's age when contacted to participate in the program. Our findings show that the program has been unsuccessful in lowering the rate of incarcerations for children who participated. Overall, there is no causal effect of Camp Hope on children’s lives.

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