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Career Earnings And Retention Of U.S. Military Physicians

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  • Bradley M. Gray
  • James E. Grefer
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    Military physicians consider potential career earnings when making their stay/leave decisions. Moreover, they consider the effects of differences between military and civilian compensation at three distinct decision periods in the military career: the first year of unobligated service, the years after that point but before military retirement eligibility, and the year of retirement eligibility. We find that military retention is highly sensitive to compensation differences at the first decision and substantially less sensitive after that. We also account for endogeneity of military physician pay and retention with an instrumental variable technique, without which, estimates substantially underestimate the wage effect.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 51-76

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