Evaluating the labor-market effects of compulsory military service
Thomas Bauer (),
Stefan Bender (),
Alfredo Paloyo and
European Economic Review, 2012, vol. 56, issue 4, 814-829
We identify the causal effect of compulsory military service on conscripts’ subsequent labor-market outcomes by exploiting the regression-discontinuity design of the military draft in Germany during the 1950s. Consistent estimates of military service on lifetime earnings, wages, and days of employment are obtained by comparing men born before July 1, 1937 (the “White Cohort”) who were exempted from compulsory military service to men who were born on or shortly after this threshold date and who faced a positive probability of being drafted. We find that the putative earnings advantage and wage premium of those who served in the armed forces vanish when selection effects are taken into account.
Keywords: Germany; Regression-discontinuity design; Conscription; White Cohort (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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