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Why We Fight: Understanding Military Participation Over the Life Cycle

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  • David R. Mann
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    This article specifies a dynamic career decision model that includes military service options to understand how human capital, compensation, the business cycle, and combat risk affect the military labor supply. Using data on males from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, experimental results show that the military wage elasticity of military participation is 3 percent, entering the workforce during an adverse business cycle state increases military participation by 3 percent, and combat death risk strongly affects military participation.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7642.

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    Length: 36
    Date of creation: 30 Dec 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7642

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    Keywords: Military Participation; Human Capital; National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; Labor; Health;

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    1. Asoni, Andrea & Sanandaji, Tino, 2013. "Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight? Socio-economic Representativeness in the Modern Military," Working Paper Series 965, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

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