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Post–September 11 War Deployments and Crime among Veterans

Resul Cesur, Joseph J. Sabia and Erdal Tekin

Journal of Law and Economics, 2022, vol. 65, issue 2, 279 - 310

Abstract: This study examines the impact of post–September 11 (post-9/11) combat deployments on crime among veterans. We exploit the administrative procedures by which US armed forces senior commanders conditionally randomly assign active-duty servicemen to overseas deployments to estimate the causal impact of modern warfare on crime. Using data from two national surveys and a unified framework, we find that post-9/11 combat deployments substantially increase the probability of crime commission among veterans. Combat exposure increases the likelihood of gang membership, trouble with the police, punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, property crime, and violent crime.

Date: 2022
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