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The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training

Erik Grönqvist and Erik Lindqvist ()

Journal of Labor Economics, 2016, vol. 34, issue 4, 869 - 898

Abstract: We show that officer training during the Swedish military service has a strong positive effect on the probability of attaining a managerial position later in life. The most intense type of officer training increases the probability of becoming a civilian manager by about 5 percentage points, or 75%. Officer training also increases educational attainment post–military service. We argue that the effect on civilian leadership could be due to the acquisition of leadership-specific skills during the military service, and we present suggestive evidence related to alternative mechanisms, such as signaling, networks, and training unrelated to leadership.

Date: 2016
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