Does Peacetime Military Service Affect Crime?

29 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2017

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Karsten Albæk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Søren Leth‐Petersen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Daniel le Maire

University of Copenhagen

Torben Tranaes

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit; Danish National Institute of Social Research (SFI); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

Draft lottery data combined with Danish longitudinal administrative records show that military service can reduce criminal activity for youth offenders. For this group, property crime is reduced, and our results indicate that the effect is unlikely to be the result of incapacitation only. We find no effect of military service on violent crime, on educational attainment, or on employment and earnings, either in the short run or in the long run. These results suggest that military service does not upgrade productive human capital directly, but rather affects criminal activity through other channels (e.g., by changing attitudes to criminal activity).

Keywords: Draft lottery, empirical analysis, youth offenders

JEL Classification: H56, J24, K42

Suggested Citation

Albæk, Karsten and Leth-Petersen, Soren and le Maire, Daniel and Tranaes, Torben, Does Peacetime Military Service Affect Crime? (July 2017). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 119, Issue 3, pp. 512-540, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2995200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12181

Karsten Albæk (Contact Author)

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Soren Leth-Petersen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denmark

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Daniel Le Maire

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Torben Tranaes

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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