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Swedish veterans after Bosnia: the relationship between military deployment and labour market marginalisation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI.ORCID iD: 0009-0000-6760-4165
2024 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies, ISSN 2596-3856, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 62-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the well-being of the Swedish peacekeepers deployed to Bosnia in the 1990s has received a great deal of attention over the years, very little is known about how these military veterans have fared on the labour market after returning home. In this paper, I provide novel evidence on the relationship between military deployment to Bosnia and adverse outcomes on the labour market. The analysis is based on longitudinal administrative data for a sample of 2,275 young Swedish veterans who served as peacekeepers in Bosnia at some point during the years 1993–1999. I follow these veterans for up to 20 years after deployment. Using propensity score matching based on a rich set of covariates, I estimate the effects of deployment on three broad measures of labour market marginalisation: long-term unemployment, work disability, and social welfare assistance. I find no indication of long-term labour market marginalisation for the veterans. Even though the veterans experienced an increase in the risk of unemployment in the years immediately following their return from service, in the long run their attachment to the labour market is not affected negatively.

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Scandinavian Military Studies , 2024. Vol. 7, no 1, p. 62-79
Keywords [en]
peacekeeping, Bosnian war, military veterans, labour market marginalisation, propensity score matching
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Economics Work Sciences
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-222940DOI: 10.31374/sjms.239Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85190997840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-222940DiVA, id: diva2:1848445
Available from: 2024-04-03 Created: 2024-04-03 Last updated: 2024-05-13Bibliographically approved

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