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, with over four million people having now fled Syria. Of those, about six hundred thousand have registered with the UNHCR in Jordan, with an estimated eighty thousand others living in Jordan’s Zaatari Camp. In view of the foregoing, 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 well-being among the heads of Syrian households. Our results suggest that notwithstanding the limited labor opportunities for Syrian families within Zaatari Camp, the variety and quality of attentions within the camp environment provides a platform that helps them cope with some of the uncertainties and challenges caused by the displacement from their country of origin, while they seek full reintegration in Jordan