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German Michel from fit to fat? : evidence on health effects of the "Bundeswehrreform" / author: Markus Maier
AuthorMaier, Markus
Thesis advisorHalla, Martin
PublishedInnsbruck, March 22, 2018
Description46 Blätter : Illustrationen
Institutional NoteUniversität Innsbruck, Masterarbeit, 2018
Date of SubmissionMarch 2018
LanguageEnglish
Document typeMaster Thesis
Keywords (DE)Bundeswehrreform / Volkswirtschaft / Public Policy / Öffentliche Güter / Gesundheit
Keywords (GND)Deutschland / Bundeswehr / Reform / Gesundheitspolitik / Staatstätigkeit / Öffentliches Gut
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubi:1-18071 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Many papers on mandatory drafting found various effects among young conscripts, their health outcomes and chances in later life, however only a few investigated the effects of reforms abolishing such drafting. This paper investigates the health effects of the Bundeswehrreform of 2011 using SOEP (Social Economic Panel) data, with a Difference-in-Difference approach on male birth cohorts (female are the control) before and after the reform took place for those being 18 or 19 years old at the time of the reform. However, I find no evidence that the Bundeswehrreform had any significant effect on health outcomes of young men. Neither the share of smokers nor the average Body-Mass-Index has changed with the end of military drafting.

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