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The effects of compulsory military service on income and wages in Russia

Tatiana Ratnikova () and Vitovt Kopytok ()
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Tatiana Ratnikova: National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation
Vitovt Kopytok: National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation

Applied Econometrics, 2019, vol. 55, 51-72

Abstract: This paper studies the effects of compulsory military service in the Russian army on subsequent income and wages of conscripts. Russia Longitudinal Monitoring survey, RLMS-HSE, is used. It allows to estimate the effects of compulsory military service in the army in peacetime. In order to identify the causal relationship, a kink in the profile of the probability of being drafted into the army by date of birth is used. To eliminate endogeneity regression kink design method is implemented. The results suggest that compulsory military service does not have a significant impact on the wages and incomes of draftees in Russia.

Keywords: compulsory military service; regression kink design; endogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 J31 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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