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Long-run mortality effects of Vietnam-era army service: evidence from Australia's conscription lotteries

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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).

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Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Siminski, P. & Ville, S. (2011). Long-run mortality effects of Vietnam-era army service: evidence from Australia's conscription lotteries. The American Economic Review, 101 (3), 345-349.

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  • 2-s2.0-79958247742

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1852&context=commpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/803

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Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 345

End Page


  • 349

Volume


  • 101

Issue


  • 3

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).

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Siminski, P. & Ville, S. (2011). Long-run mortality effects of Vietnam-era army service: evidence from Australia's conscription lotteries. The American Economic Review, 101 (3), 345-349.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79958247742

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1852&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/803

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 345

End Page


  • 349

Volume


  • 101

Issue


  • 3