Military conscription and university enrolment: evidence from Italy

Di Pietro, Giorgio (2009) Military conscription and university enrolment: evidence from Italy. Discussion Paper. Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA Discussion Papers 4212, Bonn, Germany.

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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.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2010 14:13
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2010 14:13

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