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The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training

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We show that officer training during the Swedish military service has a strong positive effect on the probability to attain a managerial position later in life. The most intense type of officer training increases the probability of becoming a civilian manager by about 5 percentage points, or 75 percent. Officer training also increases educational attainment post-military service. We argue that the effect on civilian leadership could be due to acquisition of leadership specific skills during the military service, and present suggestive evidence related to alternative mechanisms, such as signalling, networks, and training unrelated to leadership.

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  • Grönqvist, Erik & Lindqvist, Erik, 2015. "The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training," Working Paper Series 1069, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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    Leadership; Management; CEOs; Non-cognitive skills; Regression discontinuity; Program evaluation; Conscription; Military service; Military officers; Military leadership;
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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions

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