Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Earnings of Military Reservists

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Earnings of Military Reservists

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Earnings of Military Reservists

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Earnings of Military Reservists

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A substantial fraction of the active- and reserve-component members of the U.S. military deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/ OIF) have returned home experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This report presents estimates of the correlation between the experience of PTSD symptoms and subsequent labor market earnings of military reservists and assesses the degree to which this correlation reflects the causal effect of PTSD symptoms versus the confounding effect of unobservable characteristics associated with PTSD symptoms and labor market outcomes. The report will be of interest to policymakers, manpower analysts, and mental health professionals concerned about the effects of deployment on the civilian lives of reservists and their families.

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

Comments regarding this study are welcome and may be addressed to David Loughran by email at david_loughran@rand.org. For more information on the RAND Forces and Resources Policy Center, see http://www.rand.org/nsrd/ndri/centers/frp.html or contact the director (contact information is provided on the web page).

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