This research is concerned with the causes of civilian earnings differences between veterans and men with no military service experience. Controlling for such background characteristics as years of schooling, age, and residential location, veterans receive higher market wages, on average, than do men who have never served in the military. The research presented in this report is an analysis of the causes of this "veteran premium," and specifically, an assessment of the fraction of that premium related directly to military service and the fraction due to factors that are correlated with, but not causally related to, service in the military.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.