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Estimating the Veteran Effect with Endogenous Schooling when Instruments are Potentially Weak

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  • Saraswata Chaudhuri
  • Elaina Rose

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Instrumental variables estimates of the effect of military service on subsequent civilian earnings either omit schooling or treat it as exogenous. In a more general setting that also allows for the treatment of schooling as endogenous, we estimate the veteran effect for men who were born between 1944 and 1952 and thus reached draft age during the Vietnam era. We apply a variety of state-of-the-art econometric techniques to gauge the sensitivity of the estimates to the treatment of schooling. We find a significant veteran penalty.

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Paper provided by University of Washington, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number UWEC-2009-07.

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  1. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin, 2012. "On the Validity of Durbin-Wu-Hausman Tests for Assessing Partial Exogeneity Hypotheses with Possibly Weak Instruments," MPRA Paper 40184, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin Sabro, 2012. "Specification Tests with Weak and Invalid Instruments," MPRA Paper 40185, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. 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.

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