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The effects of compulsory military service on income and wages in Russia


  • Ratnikova, Tatiana

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation)

  • Kopytok, Vitovt

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation)


This paper studies the effects of compulsory military service in the Russian army on subsequent income and wages of conscripts. Russia Longitudinal Monitoring survey, RLMS-HSE, is used. It allows to estimate the effects of compulsory military service in the army in peacetime. In order to identify the causal relationship, a kink in the profile of the probability of being drafted into the army by date of birth is used. To eliminate endogeneity regression kink design method is implemented. The results suggest that compulsory military service does not have a significant impact on the wages and incomes of draftees in Russia.

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  • Ratnikova, Tatiana & Kopytok, Vitovt, 2019. "The effects of compulsory military service on income and wages in Russia," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 55, pages 51-72.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:apltrx:0374

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    compulsory military service; regression kink design; endogeneity;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets


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