Does military service impart unique training or acculturation that makes veterans more likely to become entrepreneurs and self-employed?
"The authors investigate whether military service has a statistically significant impact on veteran entrepreneurship using three complementary data sources. The 2007 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Current Population Survey (CPS) March Supplement is used to construct the control sample, and the 2007 CPS Veterans Supplement and the Defense Manpower Data Center’s (DMDC) 2003 Survey of Retired Military are used to construct two experimental groups.

The analysis tests the hypothesis that military service imparts some unique training or acculturation that makes veterans more likely to become self-employed than otherwise similar individuals. Using the control sample, the authors find that veterans are more likely than otherwise similar individuals to be self-employed. They confirm the findings of earlier studies that show significant positive effects for military service on the probability of self-employment and are able to quantify those marginal effects in the range of 45 percent to as high as 88 percent" (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)