Post service earnings growth rates of military veterans in the era of the All-Volunteer Force.
Hirschkowitz, Martin R.
Mehay, Stephen L.
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This thesis analyzes the effect of military training, veteran status, and military experience on the post-service earnings growth rates of veterans. The National Longitudinal Survey of Young Men, years 1971 to 1981, was used as the source of data. Two similar earnings growth rate models were estimated: The first used veteran status as an explanatory variable, and the second equation substituted changes in military experience for veteran status. Veterans were found to have higher earnings growth rates compared with their non-veteran cohorts. Results of the effects on earnings growth rates from both increases in military experience and general types of transferable military training were insignificant and thus were inconclusive. Blacks suffered economic disadvantages, as their earnings growth rates were less than their non black cohorts. Analysis of a disaggregated sample consisting only of blacks indicated that black veterans no longer receive significant economic advantages over black nonveterans. The earnings growth differences between black veterans and black non-veterans were not significant.
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