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American Economic Review: Vol. 102 No. 3 (May 2012)

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Terrorism and Patriotism: On the Earnings of US Veterans following September 11, 2001

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Dávila, Alberto, and Marie T. Mora. 2012. "Terrorism and Patriotism: On the Earnings of US Veterans following September 11, 2001." American Economic Review, 102(3): 261-66.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.3.261

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Using data from the 2000 census and the 2001-08 American Community Surveys, this paper examines the impact of 9/11 on the earnings of US veteran men. Our hypothesis is that the surge in patriotism after 9/11 improved their relative earnings, but this earnings effect was short-lived. In addition, we further consider whether this effect was equally felt across race/ethnicity and along regional dimensions. Consistent with our hypothesis, we find a significant short-term improvement in the relative earnings of US veteran men following 9/11. However, additional analyses suggest that this earnings effect did not evenly occur across demographic and geographic dimensions.

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Dávila, Alberto (U TX Pan American)
Mora, Marie T. (U TX Pan American)

JEL Classifications

H56: National Security and War
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
J45: Public Sector Labor Markets


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