Sir! I’d Rather Go to School, Sir!
Mahdi Majbouri ()
No 1244, Working Papers from Economic Research Forum
Conscription is a popular method of army recruitment for governments of developing countries that are particularly prone to conflict. This study examines the largely under-researched issues of military service by looking at an unintended consequence of a military service exemption policy and answering a principal question: is there a fear of conscription among the youth? It uses a discontinuity in the military service law in an under-studied country, Iran, and offers causal evidence that fear of conscription entices young men to go to college by 13 percentage points (20%) more. This exogenous increase in college attendance has no impact on labor market outcomes. This further strengthens the argument that it was the fear of conscription motivating demand for attending college.
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Date: 2018-10-21, Revised 2018-10-21
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