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The Causal Effect of Military Conscription on Crime and the Labor Market


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Title: The Causal Effect of Military Conscription on Crime and the Labor Market
Authors: Hjalmarsson, Randi
Lindquist, Matthew J.
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Extent: 71
Publication type: report
Organization: Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
645
Keywords: Conscription
Crime
Criminal Behavior
Draft
Military Conscription
Military Draft
Incapacitation
Labor Market
Unemployment
Abstract: This paper uses detailed individual register data to identify the causal effect of mandatory peacetime military conscription in Sweden on the lives of young men born in the 1970s and 80s. Because draftees are positively selected into service based on their draft board test performance, our primary identification strategy uses the random assignment of potential conscripts to draft board officiators who have relatively high or low tendencies to place draftees into service in an instrumental va... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: JEL: H56, J08, K42
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/41804
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