Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35492
Authors: 
Di Pietro, Giorgio
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4212
Abstract: 
Given that a growing number of countries have abolished or are considering the abolition of military conscription, understanding the consequences of this measure is of increased importance. In this paper we study the effect of the suppression of compulsory military service on university enrolment in Italy using double and triple differences models. The empirical results show that there is no compelling evidence suggesting that the abolition of military conscription has a causal effect on university enrolment. However, although there is no significant overall effect, we find some evidence of heterogeneous effects. While this measure seems to increase university participation among individuals from more advantaged backgrounds, it appears to have a detrimental effect on the enrolment of those from less advantaged backgrounds.
Subjects: 
Compulsory military service
university enrolment
JEL: 
I20
J24
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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