Vocational Rehabilitation and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from World War I Veterans

40 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2020

Date Written: October 19, 2020

Abstract

This paper uses a linked sample of all World War I Army veterans from the state of Missouri to study the impact of vocational rehabilitation on labor market outcomes for men wounded and disabled during the war. Veterans’ military service abstracts are linked to 1940 United States Census and a subset are linked to rehabilitation records. This creates a new dataset that contains information on military service, rehabilitation, and labor market outcomes. I find that 70% of veterans that were both wounded in action and disabled when discharged from the Army participated in the rehabilitation program. These same veterans had significantly better labor market outcomes, which can be attributed to their eligibility for and participation in the rehabilitation program under certain assumptions.

Keywords: Veterans, Labor market, World War I, Vocational Rehabilitation

JEL Classification: N00, N31, N42, J00, I38

Suggested Citation

Schmick, Ethan, Vocational Rehabilitation and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from World War I Veterans (October 19, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3715083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3715083

Ethan Schmick (Contact Author)

Marquette University ( email )

P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
United States

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