Vick Presents on Veteran Poverty in the U.S.

Posted on 4/6/2016 2:49:24 PM

Brandon Vick, assistant professor of economics and MARTI research associate, presented his research “Exploring a Multidimensional Index for Veteran Reintegration,” at the Midwest Economics Association annual conference, in Evanston, Ill., on April 1, 2016.

His study implements the capability approach to identify veterans who are relatively disadvantaged, by counting deprivations experienced simultaneously across multiple dimensions, including having a severe functional/activity limitation, family income under the poverty line, low educational attainment, and long-term unemployment.

Using data from the 2010–14 Current Population Survey, he finds that more than 38 percent of veterans experienced at least one deprivation and 7 percent experienced two or more simultaneously. Poverty rates are higher for rural veterans, those aged 25–31, Hispanic veterans, and those who served in the Army or Marines. Rural-urban differences in veteran poverty are especially large among those that did not serve in a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan—rural, noncombat veterans experience the highest rates of poverty among veteran subgroups.

Department of Economics