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Empirical studies of military deployment abroad and labor market outcomes

PhD project within the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

Peter Bäckström’s project focuses on how foreign deployment in the Swedish Armed Forces affects labor market outcomes of veterans.

Head of project

Peter Bäckström
Doctoral student (on leave)

Project overview

Project period:

2021-03-01 2023-03-01


The project is funded by the external part (Swedish Armed Forces) and the Industrial Doctoral School. The distribution between the parties is 50/50.

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

Project description

Since long, Sweden and the Swedish Armed Forces have contributed to peacekeeping operations worldwide. A large number of Swedish men and women have served abroad throughout the years. In a labor market perspective, these are unique experiences that can be both positive and negative for the labor market outcomes of veterans.  

The aim of Peter Bäckström’s research is to study the impact of foreign deployment on subsequent labor market outcomes for veterans, including income and the risk for unemployment. The research is based on administrative data from a range of different sources.

Latest update: 2021-03-11