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Author Loughran, David S., 1969- author

Title Post-traumatic stress disorder and the earnings of military reservists / David S. Loughran, Paul Heaton
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 45 pages) : illustrations
Series RAND Corporation technical report series ; TR1006
Technical report (Rand Corporation) ; TR1006
Contents Introduction -- Estimating the relationship between PTSD and earnings -- Data sources -- How do reservists symptomatic of PTSD compare with the overall sample population? -- The effects of being symptomatic of PTSD on earnings in the year following deployment -- Longer-run effects on earnings of being symptomatic of PTSD -- Conclusions -- Appendix A. Post-deployment health assessment -- Appendix B. Pre-deployment health assessment
Summary This report investigates the effects of having symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the labor market earnings of reservists in the years following deployment. Data on more than 315,000 reservists returning from deployments between 2003 and 2006, combined with longitudinal labor market earnings data, indicate that reservists who have symptoms of PTSD do earn substantially less than those who do not experience PTSD, but much of that gap in earnings was apparent prior to deployment. This suggests that characteristics of individuals reporting symptoms of PTSD that typically are not controlled for in empirical studies are responsible for much of the observed difference in earnings. Controlling for such characteristics, the study finds that reservists reporting symptoms of PTSD on average earn up to 6 percent less than they would have earned if they had not had such symptoms in the first four years following deployment. These lower earnings are attributable to higher military separation rates, a concomitant decline in military earnings, and no compensating increase in civilian labor market earnings
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-45)
Notes The research described in this report was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ... under Contract W74V8H-06-C-0002
Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed July 29, 2013)
Subject Pay equity -- United States.
People with disabilities -- Employment -- United States.
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Economic aspects.
Veterans -- Employment -- United States.
Genre/Form Technical reports.
Form Electronic book
Author Heaton, Paul, 1978- author
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
ISBN 0833082728 (electronic bk.)
9780833082725 (electronic bk.)