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Military Experience, Civilian Experience, and the Earnings of Veterans

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  • Matthew S. Goldberg
  • John T. Warner

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This paper examines the effects of military experience and civilian experience on the earnings of veterans with the objective of determining the substitutability of these two forms of experience for personnel receiving different types of military training. To perform the analysis, the Social Security earnings records of 24,000 individuals who separated from military service in fiscal year 1971 were obtained for the period 1972-77. Analysis of these data reveals that more military experience does increase subsequent civilian earnings, but that the relative impact of military and civilian experience varies considerably by military occupation category.

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  • Matthew S. Goldberg & John T. Warner, 1987. "Military Experience, Civilian Experience, and the Earnings of Veterans," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 22(1), pages 61-81.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:22:y:1987:i:1:p:61-81
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    1. R. Jason Faberman & Taft Foster, 2013. "Unemployment among recent veterans during the Great Recession," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue Q I, pages 1-13.
    2. Myoung-Jae Lee & Yip Chun Seng, 2005. "Non-market Leadership Experience and Labor Market Success: Evidence From Military Rank," Working Papers 12-2005, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.
    3. Saul Pleeter & John T. Warner, 2001. "The Personal Discount Rate: Evidence from Military Downsizing Programs," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(1), pages 33-53, March.
    4. Stranahan, Harriet, 1998. "The effect of military participation on women's wages with double correction for selectivity bias," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 239-249.
    5. Polachek, Solomon W., 2008. "Earnings Over the Life Cycle: The Mincer Earnings Function and Its Applications," Foundations and Trends(R) in Microeconomics, now publishers, vol. 4(3), pages 165-272, April.
    6. Saraswata Chaudhuri & Elaina Rose, 2009. "Estimating the Veteran Effect with Endogenous Schooling when Instruments are Potentially Weak," Working Papers UWEC-2009-07, University of Washington, Department of Economics.
    7. repec:fip:fedhep:y:2013:i:qi:p:1-13:n:vol.37no.1 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Meredith A. Kleykamp, 2010. "Women's Work after War," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 10-169, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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