Does Military Draft Discourage Enrollment in Higher Education? Evidence from OECD Countries

25 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Katarina R. I. Keller

Susquehanna University

Panu Poutvaara

University of Helsinki - Department of Economics; Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andreas Wagener

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Economics and Business Administration Area; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

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Abstract

Using data from 1960-2000 for OECD countries, we analyze the impact of compulsory military service on the demand for higher education, measured by students enrolled in tertiary education as a share of the working-age population. Based on a theoretical model, we hypothesize that military draft has a negative effect on education. Empirically, we confirm this for the existence of conscription, albeit usually at low statistical significance. However, the intensity of its enforcement, measured by the share of the labor force conscripted by the military and the duration of service, significantly reduces enrollment in higher education.

Keywords: human capital, conscription

JEL Classification: H56, I20

Suggested Citation

Keller, Katarina R. I. and Poutvaara, Panu and Wagener, Andreas, Does Military Draft Discourage Enrollment in Higher Education? Evidence from OECD Countries. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4399. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489222

Katarina R. I. Keller (Contact Author)

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Panu Poutvaara

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Andreas Wagener

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Economics and Business Administration Area ( email )

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Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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Germany

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