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Brothers in Arms:

Spillovers from a Draft Lottery

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Family members tend to have similar labor market outcomes, but measuring the
contribution of behavioral spillovers is difficult. To identify spillovers between brothers, we exploit Denmark’s largest random assignment – of young men to 8 months of military service – where service status of brothers is correlated but draft lottery numbers are not. We find average spillovers of elder brother service on younger brother service of 7 percent, and as high as 55 percent for closely spaced brothers without sisters. Elder brother military service affects his own occupational choice and his younger brother’s service through private information, thereby encouraging volunteering.
Vincent, S., Bingley, P., & Lundborg, P. (2017). Brothers in Arms:: Spillovers from a Draft Lottery. Bonn: IZA. Institute for the Study of Labor / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit. IZA Discussion paper, Nr. 10483
Author(s) Stéphanie Vincent, SFI
Paul Bingley, SFI
Petter Lundborg
Publication date 20.01.2017
Language English
Nr. of pages 59
Publication No. 10483
Department Social Policy and Welfare

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