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Military reserves and social welfare


  • Lipow, Jonathan
  • Simon, Jay


We consider the contribution of reserves to the efficient mobilization of military manpower. Our analysis suggests that offering recruits an option to serve as reservists enhances social welfare if there is a sufficiently strong relationship between recruit performance in the military and their expected civilian income.

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  • Lipow, Jonathan & Simon, Jay, 2011. "Military reserves and social welfare," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 113(3), pages 208-210.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:113:y:2011:i:3:p:208-210
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.07.012

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    1. Peter Berck & Jonathan Lipow, 2011. "Military Conscription and the (Socially) Optimal Number of Boots on the Ground," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 78(1), pages 95-106, July.
    2. Asch, Beth J. & Hosek, James R. & Warner, John T., 2007. "New Economics of Manpower in the Post-Cold War Era," Handbook of Defense Economics, Elsevier.
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    1. Huiru Zhao & Sen Guo & Qi Zhang & Chunjie Li, 2014. "Social Welfare Evaluation of Electric Universal Service in China: From the Perspective of Sustainability," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(8), pages 1-17, August.

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    Military; Manpower; Recruitment; Reserves;

    JEL classification:

    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets


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