War versus peace: does military officer quality adjust?
Seagren, Chad W.
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In this study, we demonstrate the quantity–quality trade-off between the size of the U.S. military force and the quality of its junior military leaders. We employ a difference-in-differences methodology and compare measures of job performance before and after to show that in periods of military force expansion, the average quality of U.S. Marine officers decline; the converse holds in times of relative peace. This has implications for both military effectiveness and understanding labour market dynamics.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2017.1418067
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