Angrist Study on Military Service & Lifetime Earnings Module

Josh Angrist’s study of the impact of military service on lifetime outcomes is an influential paper in the social sciences. These videos explain why he chose to examine this topic, the methods he used, and the outcomes he found.

The Lifetime Earnings of Veterans and Nonveterans

In this video we introduce the landmark study by Angrist (1998) about long term effects of serving in the military on future earnings, and discuss the main correlation we see between an individual's veteran status and their eventual lifetime earnings.

The paper is Angrist, J. (1998). “Estimating the Labor Market Impact of Voluntary Military Service Using Social Security Data on Military Applicants.” Econometrica, 66(2), 249-288.