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Can A Draft Induce More Human Capital Investment in the Military?

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We consider the possibility a draft increases the likelihood individuals will invest in human capital in the military. This possibility exists because those drafted have less time to reap the return from human capital investment. A draft is more likely to increase human capital investment in the military the larger the civilian return to human capital investment, the shorter the additional time one must spend in the military if one invests while enlisted, and the larger the cost to an individual of obtaining a deferment. Key Words: Conscription, volunteer military, and human capital

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  • Timothy Perri, 2011. "Can A Draft Induce More Human Capital Investment in the Military?," Working Papers 11-15, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:apl:wpaper:11-15
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    1. Poutvaara, Panu & Wagener, Andreas, 2007. "To draft or not to draft? Inefficiency, generational incidence, and political economy of military conscription," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, pages 975-987.
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    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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