Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mindy Adnot
The Chetty data set lists Atlanta as the 48th largest metro area in terms of economic mobility. I wanted to see if the rest of the state suffers from the same foundational issues that come with low economic mobility (segregation, low quality education). Another interest of mine is mass incarceration. I decided to investigate how juvenile detention rates correlate with income, race, and educational outcomes. Although I was not able to distinguish a causal relationship between juvenile detention rates and graduation or absentee rates, it is clear from mapping and plotting the data that poor communities of color are more like to experience racial disparities in juvenile detention and high school graduation rates. The next steps include adjusting HOPE eligibility based on average high school performance and providing free breakfast or dinner at schools in high poverty areas. After doing this project, it would beneficial to fully join data that includes school outcomes by county level. Furthermore, I would like to investigate how incarceration affects economic mobility later in life, but I was not able to access this sort of data.