Employment effects of army service and veterans' compensation: Evidence from the Australian Vietnam-era conscription lotteries

Peter Matthew Siminski

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Exploiting Australia s National Service lotteries of 1965 to 1972, I estimate the effect of army service on employment outcomes. Population data from military personnel records, tax returns, veterans compensation records, and the Census facilitate a rich and precise analysis, identified by 53,000 complying conscripts. The estimated employment effect is -12 percentage points (95 CI: -13, -11) overall, -37 for those who served in Vietnam and 0 for those who served only in Australia. It emerged in the 1990s, mirrored by veterans disability pension effects. These results contrast with those for the United States, possibly reflecting employment disincentives associated with Australia s veterans compensation system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87 - 97
Number of pages11
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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