I Was Only Nineteen, 45 Years Ago: What Can we Learn from Australia's Conscription Lotteries?

Publisher:
Wiley
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Economic Record, 2012, 88 (282), pp. 351 - 371 (21)
Issue Date:
2012-09-01
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The Australian conscription lotteries of 1965-1972 are a unique and underutilised resource for studying the effects of army service and veterans' programs. Drawing on many data sources and 25 years of related US literature, we present a comprehensive analysis of this natural experiment, examining indicators of health, personal economic outcomes, family outcomes and educational attainment. We discuss the numerous potential mechanisms involved and the limitations of available data.
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