Military service and political behavior: Evidence from France

Charles Louis-Sidois, FIze Etienne

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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