Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110096
Authors: 
Johnston, David W.
Shields, Michael A.
Siminski, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8852
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the long-term health effects of Vietnam-Era military service using Australia's National conscription lotteries for identification. Our primary contribution is the quality and breadth of our health outcomes. We use several administrative sources, containing a near-universe of records on mortality (1994-2011), cancer diagnoses (1982-2008), and emergency hospital presentations (2005-2010). We also analyse a range of self-reported morbidity indicators (2006-2009). We find no significant long-term effects on mortality, cancer or emergency hospital visits. In contrast, we find significant detrimental effects on a number of morbidity measures. Hearing and mental health appear to be particularly affected.
Subjects: 
military service
health
conscription
Australia
Vietnam War
JEL: 
H56
I10
I13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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