Long-Run Mortality Effects of Vietnam-Era Army Service: Evidence from Australia's Conscription Lotteries

Posted: 7 Jun 2011

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Peter Siminski

University of Wollongong - School of Economics

Simon Ville

University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Date Written: June 7, 2011

Abstract

We estimate the effect of Vietnam-era Army service on mortality, exploiting Australia's conscription lotteries for identification. We utilize population data on deaths during 1994-2007 and military personnel records. The estimates are identified by over 51,000 compliers induced to enlist in the Army. We find no statistically significant effects on mortality overall, nor for any cause of death. The estimated relative risk (RR) of death associated with Army service is 1.03 (95% CI: 0.92, 1.19). On the assumption that Army service affected mortality only for those who served in Vietnam, the estimated RR is 1.06 (95% CI: 0.81, 1.51).

JEL Classification: H56, J47, I12

Suggested Citation

Siminski, Peter and Ville, Simon, Long-Run Mortality Effects of Vietnam-Era Army Service: Evidence from Australia's Conscription Lotteries (June 7, 2011). American Economic Review, Vol. 101, No. 3, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1859170

Peter Siminski (Contact Author)

University of Wollongong - School of Economics ( email )

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Simon Ville

University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance ( email )

Wollongong, NSW 2522
Australia
+(02) 4221 3098 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uow.edu.au/commerce/econ/villes.html

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