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

Peter Siminski and Simon Ville

Economics Working Papers from School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: veterans; conscription; lottery; Australia; natural experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 H56 I12 I21 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2012
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