Quotation Louis-Sidois, Charles, Etienne, FIze. 2020. Military service and political behavior: Evidence from France. European Economic Review. 122




We investigate the impact of compulsory military service on turnout and political preferences. Exploiting the suspension of mandatory conscription for French men, we observe a significant and positive impact of military service on turnout. We estimate that the service increases turnout by approximately 7 percentage points. We also investigate the impact of conscription on political preferences. When we control for selection into the military service, we observe no support for a change in preferences of former conscripts.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Economic Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-A, WH-B
Language English
Title Military service and political behavior: Evidence from France
Volume 122
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014292119302259
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2019.103364
Open Access N


Louis-Sidois, Charles (Details)
Etienne, FIze (Sciences Po, France)
Department of Economics (Berger) (Details)
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