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Title:Military draft and economic growth in OECD countries PDF Logo
Authors:Keller, Katarina
Poutvaara, Panu
Wagener, Andreas
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2022
Abstract:Economic theory predicts that military conscription is associated with static inefficiencies as well as with dynamic distortions of the accumulation of human and physical capital. Relative to an economy with an all-volunteer force, output levels and growth rates should be lower in countries that rely on a military draft to recruit their army personnel. For OECD countries, we show that military conscription indeed has a statistically significantly negative impact on economic performance.
Subjects:growth
military draft
augmented Solow model
JEL:H20
H57
J22
C68
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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