Can Compulsory Military Service Increase Civilian Wages? Evidence from the Peacetime Draft in Portugal

@article{Card2011CanCM,
  title={Can Compulsory Military Service Increase Civilian Wages? Evidence from the Peacetime Draft in Portugal},
  author={D. Card and A. Cardoso},
  journal={Econometrics: Applied Econometric Modeling in Microeconomics eJournal},
  year={2011}
}
  • D. Card, A. Cardoso
  • Published 2011
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Econometrics: Applied Econometric Modeling in Microeconomics eJournal
  • Although military conscription was widespread during most of the past century, credible evidence on the effects of mandatory service is limited. We provide new evidence on the long-term effects of peacetime conscription, using longitudinal data for Portuguese men born in 1967. These men were inducted at a relatively late age (21), allowing us to use pre-conscription wages to control for ability differences between conscripts and non-conscripts. We find that the average impact of military… CONTINUE READING

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