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The Long-Term Effect of Military Conscription on Personality and Beliefs

Gabriela Ertola Navajas (), Paula López Villalba (), Martín Rossi and Antonia Vazquez ()

No 132, Working Papers from Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia

Abstract: We estimate the causal impact of military conscription on long-term beliefs and personality traits. To address potential endogeneity concerns, we exploit the conscription lottery in Argentina. We combine administrative data from the conscription lottery with data from a survey we designed on beliefs and personality traits. We find that men who were conscripted are more likely to adopt a military mindset and that the effect is long lasting. Given the many people who go through military conscription, our results are useful for understanding how personality traits and beliefs are formed for a very salient part of the world’s population.

Keywords: personality traits; impressionable years; military service (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2019-01, Revised 2020-04
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Forthcoming in Review of Economics and Statistics

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