EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Ex-Ante Labor Market Effects of Compulsory Military Service

Huzeyfe Torun ()

Working Papers from Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

Abstract: Previous research on military conscription exclusively focuses on the effect of military service on subsequent labor market outcomes. I examine the effect of peacetime conscription on early labor market outcomes of potential conscripts before they are called up for service. In a simple theoretical framework with costly job search and no job security, I show that an expected interruption in civilian life reduces the incentive of teenagers to search for a job. Using micro-data from Turkey, Argentina, Peru and Spain, I present evidence that the anticipation of compulsory conscription reduces the labor force participation of teenage men by 6.7 percent compared to men in their twenties, and employment by 11 percent, while raising unemployment in this group by 9 percent. Interestingly, I find mirroring effects on teenage women who are not subject to conscription. Women experience a 7.5 percent decrease in the labor force participation and a 10-13 percent decrease in employment after the abolition of conscription, suggesting a high degree of substitutability between men and women.

Keywords: Military service; Labor force participation; Youth unemployment; Difference-in-Differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J24 H56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa and nep-lma
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.tcmb.gov.tr/wps/wcm/connect/EN/TCMB+EN ... g+Paperss/2016/16-22 (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Ex-ante labor market effects of compulsory military service (2019) Downloads
Working Paper: Ex-Ante Labor Market Effects of Compulsory Military Service (2014) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:tcb:wpaper:1622

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Ozlem Ekmekciler Ramalho Rocha ().

 
Page updated 2020-06-01
Handle: RePEc:tcb:wpaper:1622