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Military Service and Political Behavior: Evidence from France

Etienne Fize and Charles Louis-Sidois
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Etienne Fize: Département d'économie
Charles Louis-Sidois: Universität Mannheim

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Abstract: We investigate the impact of compulsory military service on turnout and political preferences. Exploiting the suspension of mandatory conscription for French men, we observe a significant and positive impact of military service on turnout. We estimate that the service increases turnout by approximately 7 percentage points. We also investigate the impact of conscription on political preferences. When we control for selection into the military service, we observe no support for a change in preferences of former conscripts.

Keywords: Voting; Turnout; Political Behaviour; Military Service (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 F52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-02
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Published in European Economic Review, 2020, vol. 122

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