Examining the Distributional Effects of Military Service on Earnings: A Test of Initial Dominance
AbstractExisting empirical evidence suggests that the effects of Vietnam veteran status on earnings in the decade-and-a-half following service may be concentrated in the lower tail of the earnings distribution. Motivated by this evidence, we develop a formal statistical procedure that is specifically designed to test for lower tail dominance in the distributions of earnings. When applied to the same data as in previous studies, the test reveals that the distribution of earnings for veterans is indeed dominated by the distribution of earnings for nonveterans up to $12,600 (in 1978 dollars), thereby indicating that there was higher social welfare and lower poverty experienced by nonveterans in the decade-and-a-half following military service.
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- Christopher J. Bennett & Ricardas Zitikis, 2011. "Examining the Distributional Effects of Military Service on Earnings: A Test of Initial Dominance," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 1111, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
- C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
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