Andres Yany is a Chilean PhD candidate in economics at Stanford. His research interests include macroeconomics and political economics. He is currently studying the effects of financial literacy in the U.S. housing market and the effects of military service during war on family members back home. From 2014 to 2016, he served as economic analyst at the monetary policy division at the Central Bank of Chile. He holds an engineering bachelor's degree and an MA in economics from Ecole Polytechnique, France.
Gone but not Forgotten: The Effects of Death During War on Families Back Home
We estimate the causal effects military service during war might have on family members back home. Our focus is on the effect of death due to war participation on the brothers, children, wives and parents of the deceased. Exploiting random variation in unit assignment and in fatal injuries, we are able to identify the effects of interest by comparing family members of drafted soldiers who died in war to those who survived. We also consider how different war experiences shape the life trajectories of surviving veterans. Our historical setting is World War 1. We combine archival military records with Census data to study economic and social outcomes: labor market indicators, assimilation processes for immigrants and discrimination against African Americans.
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