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Military service and political behavior: Evidence from France

Etienne Fize and Charles Louis-Sidois

European Economic Review, 2020, vol. 122, issue C

Abstract: We investigate the impact of compulsory military service on turnout and political preferences. Exploiting the suspension of mandatory conscription for French men, we observe a significant and positive impact of military service on turnout. We estimate that the service increases turnout by approximately 7 percentage points. We also investigate the impact of conscription on political preferences. When we control for selection into the military service, we observe no support for a change in preferences of former conscripts.

Keywords: Voting; Turnout; Political behavior; Military service (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 F52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2019.103364

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