Growing up in the Iran-Iraq War and Preferences for Strong Defense

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of individuals’ memories of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) during early adulthood (18-25 years) on their preference for strong national defense forces and their willingness to fight for Iran (in the event of another war). Using the World Value Survey...

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Published in:MAGKS - Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics (Band 07-2019)
Main Authors: Farzanegan, Mohammad Reza, Gholipour, Hassan F.
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2019
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Summary:The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of individuals’ memories of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) during early adulthood (18-25 years) on their preference for strong national defense forces and their willingness to fight for Iran (in the event of another war). Using the World Value Survey (WVS) data, we provide evidence that Iranians who experienced the war during early adulthood give top priority to strong defense forces. However, we find that there is no significant association between individuals’ memories of the war during early adulthood and their willingness to fight for Iran. The results are robust, controlling for a set of individuals’ socio-economic and political characteristics.
Physical Description:33 Pages
ISSN:1867-3678
DOI:10.17192/es2024.0602