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Does the Military Train Men to be Violent Criminals? New Evidence from Australia¿s Conscription Lotteries




Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • Combat is the most intense form of military service, but several aspects of the training experience, which explicitly prepares people for violent warfare, are hypothesized to link service to violent crime. Using

    Australia’s Vietnam-era conscription lotteries for identification and criminal court data from Australia’s three largest states, we seek to estimate the effect of army training on violent crime. Using various

    specifications, we find no evidence that military training causes violent crime, and our point estimates are always negative. In our preferred specification (using only non-deployed cohorts), we rule out with 95%

    confidence any positive violent crime effects larger than 3.6% relative to the mean.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Siminski, P., Ville, S., & Paull, A. (2013). Does the Military Train Men to be Violent Criminals? New Evidence from Australia¿s Conscription Lotteries. Retrieved from https://ris.uow.edu.au/

Web Of Science Accession Number


Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • Combat is the most intense form of military service, but several aspects of the training experience, which explicitly prepares people for violent warfare, are hypothesized to link service to violent crime. Using

    Australia’s Vietnam-era conscription lotteries for identification and criminal court data from Australia’s three largest states, we seek to estimate the effect of army training on violent crime. Using various

    specifications, we find no evidence that military training causes violent crime, and our point estimates are always negative. In our preferred specification (using only non-deployed cohorts), we rule out with 95%

    confidence any positive violent crime effects larger than 3.6% relative to the mean.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Siminski, P., Ville, S., & Paull, A. (2013). Does the Military Train Men to be Violent Criminals? New Evidence from Australia¿s Conscription Lotteries. Retrieved from https://ris.uow.edu.au/

Web Of Science Accession Number