Monthly Archives: December 2014

Going to War and Going to College: Conclusion

For World War II veterans, all education and training under the G.I. Bill needed to be commenced by July 25, 1951 and completed by July 25, 1956 (Public Law 80-239), with additional extensions for those reenlisting under the October 6, … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Veterans’ Administration

During the legislative process, one of the primary questions was whether the program would be administered by the Office of Education or the Veterans’ Administration. In the end, the program was set to be administered by the Veterans’ Administration and … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Veteran’s benefits

For white men, the combination of World War II service and the availability of veteran’s benefits increased postsecondary educational attainment. To the extent that these positive effects can be attributed to the G.I. Bill, the behavioral responses to this program … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Tuition costs

Our estimates of the net effect of military service and the availability of subsidies for education on collegiate attainment among veterans of World War II speak to two long-standing questions: (1) what was the effect of World War II and … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Discussion

IV. Discussion Much of what we accomplish in this paper is to narrow appreciably the bounds of the effect of World War II service and the availability of G.I. benefits on educational attainment. A clear lower bound on the magnitude … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Survey of Veterans

More to the point, the inclusion of the interaction term tends shifts the estimated effect of World War II service somewhat towards 0. These point estimates of the effect of World War II service are between .26 and .36 for … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: College completion

To attempt to control for the confounding effects of Korean Service on our estimates of the effect of World War II service on educational attainment, we add the fraction of a cohort serving during the Korean (but not World War … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Effects of World War II

Using a dummy variable indicating birth after the third quarter of 1927 (these men would have turned 18 after V-J day) as an instrument for the fraction serving variable underscores the fact that the sharp break in military manpower demand … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Years of college completed

Focusing on men born between 1923 and 1928 (who turned 18 between 1941 and 1946), date of birth effectively determined when an individual was expected to register for the draft and individuals could not register (and were, therefore, not at … Continue reading

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Going to War and Going to College: Cohort estimates

Between cohort estimates provide a mechanism for reducing the potential upward bias attributable to the greater selectivity of veterans relative to nonveterans and offer an alternative to within-cohort comparisons. Graphically, the thought experiment is to ask how collegiate attainment changes … Continue reading

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