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Analysis of financial support to the surviving spouses and children of casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Analysis of financial support to the surviving spouses and children of casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Miller, Amalia R. (Amalia Rebecca), 1976- author; Loughran, David S., 1969- author; Heaton, Paul, 1978- author

This study examines how the deaths of service members during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have affected the subsequent labor market earnings of their surviving spouses and the extent to which survivor benefits provided by the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration compensate for lost household earnings. It also assesses the extent to which payments that surviving spouses and children receive compensate for earnings losses attributable to combat deaths. The labor market earnings of households experiencing a combat death in the years following deployment are compared with those of deployed but uninjured service-member households. Because the risk of combat death is likely to be correlated with characteristics of service members that could themselves affect household labor market outcomes (e.g., pay grade, military occupation, risk-taking behavior), the study controlled for a rich array of individual-level characteristics, including labor market outcomes for both service members and spouses prior to deployment. This approach includes potentially unobserved factors that are unique to specific households and fixed over time and increases the likelihood that the results capture the causal effect of combat death on household earnings

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2012

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Statement of responsibility: Amalia R. Miller, Paul Heaton, David S. Loughran
ISBN: 0833077945, 0833077961, 9780833076687, 9780833077943, 9780833077967
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-36).
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Note: "National Defense Research Institute."
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 36 pages).
Series: Technical report ; TR-1281-OSD
Subject: Families of military personnel.; Iraq War (2003-2011); Iraq War, 2003-2011 Casualties Research United States.; United States.; Survivors' benefits Research United States.; Iraq.; Military spouses Salaries, etc. Research United States.; Afghan War, 2001- Casualties Research United States.; Afghan War (2001- ); HISTORY Middle East General.; HISTORY Military General.; Veterans.; Military pensions.; Survivors' benefits.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Human Resources & Personnel Management.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation) ; TR-1281-OSD.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Data used in the study
  3. Empirical model
  4. Results
  5. Discussion
  6. Conclusions.