Economics at your fingertips  

A hidden cost of war: the impact of mobilizing reserve troops on emergency response times

Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall (), Patrick McLaughlin () and Ann Zerkle ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Abigail Blanco ()

Public Choice, 2014, vol. 161, issue 3, 289-303

Abstract: This paper analyzes a hidden cost of war: the effect of the mass mobilization of reserve troops on the response times of domestic emergency services to accidents. We provide a statistical examination of this linkage following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and find that mobilization significantly increases response times to accidents in the United States. These mobilization-related costs are exacerbated by both legal restrictions and issues of replacing highly specialized human capital. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Military reserves; Mobilization; First responders; Unintended costs of war; C20; H56; I19; J29 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... ce/journal/11127/PS2

DOI: 10.1007/s11127-014-0200-4

Access Statistics for this article

Public Choice is currently edited by WIlliam F. Shughart II

More articles in Public Choice from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().

Page updated 2020-12-03
Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:161:y:2014:i:3:p:289-303