2016

The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training

Reprint No. 2016:39

Author(s): Erik Grönqvist and Erik LindqvistYear: 2016 Title: Journal of Labor Economics Volume (No.): 34 (4) Pages: 869–898
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We show that officer training during the Swedish military service has a strong positive effect on the probability of attaining a managerial position later in life. The most intense type of officer training increases the probability of becoming a civilian manager by about 5 percentage points, or 75%. Officer training also increases educational attainment post–military service. We argue that the effect on civilian leadership could be due to the acquisition of leadership-specific skills during the military service, and we present suggestive evidence related to alternative mechanisms, such as signaling, networks, and training unrelated to leadership.


Reference:
Grönqvist, Erik and Erik Lindqvist (2016), "The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training". Journal of Labor Economics 34(4), 869–898.

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