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Civil Returns of Military Training: A Study of Young Men in Sweden

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  • Hanes, Niklas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Norlin, Erik

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Sjöström, Magnus

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

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    The purpose of this paper is to study the effect of military training on earnings for young men in Sweden. The analysis is based on the cohort of men born in 1973. The 1973 cohort was conscripted during a time of rapid change in the Swedish security policy and substantial cutdowns of the armed forces. As a consequence, a relatively large part of the cohort was assigned a service category after the enlistment test but one third of these individuals were never conscripted. We argue that these organizational changes along with the set of important background variables that are available makes it possible to rely on selection on observables. A strong result is that military training has a positive effect on annual earnings at the age of 30 for the group in the private category that subsequently do not obtain an high educational level.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 760.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 27 Nov 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0760

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    Keywords: Earnings; Conscription; Enlistment test; Military training;

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