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Do guns displace books? The impact of compulsory military service on educational attainment

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  • Bauer, Thomas K.
  • Bender, Stefan
  • Paloyo, Alfredo R.
  • Schmidt, Christoph M.

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To estimate the causal effect of conscription on the probability to obtain a university degree, we use a regression-discontinuity design associated with the introduction of conscription in Germany. There is evidence that conscription increased the likelihood of completing higher education.

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  • Bauer, Thomas K. & Bender, Stefan & Paloyo, Alfredo R. & Schmidt, Christoph M., 2014. "Do guns displace books? The impact of compulsory military service on educational attainment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 513-515.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:124:y:2014:i:3:p:513-515
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.07.026
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    Keywords

    Regression discontinuity; Conscription; Career interruption; Skill atrophy; TS2SLS;
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    JEL classification:

    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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