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What Can International Trade Theory Say About Conventional Arms Trade?


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  • Charles Anderton

    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)


The motives for the arms trade have always involved economics and politics with shifting relative importance depending on the era. In spite of the body of arms trade research that has spanned a century and has clearly recognized the importance of economic motivations, there has been surpirsingly little application of international trade theory to the arms trade. Our approach is to offer an eclectic mix of trade models, each suited to a particular dimension of the arms trade.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 9601.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1996
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Publication status: Published in Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, Vol. 4:1-2, Fall, Winter 1996, pp. 7-30.
Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:9601

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Keywords: arms trade; international trade; cold war;


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