Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33491
Authors: 
Keller, Katarina
Poutvaara, Panu
Wagener, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
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

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