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.
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