Military Spending, Growth, Development and Conflict
AbstractThis paper makes a contribution to the debate on the economic effects of military spending using a large cross country panel data set for 1988-2006. As well as providing a relatively up to date analysis, sub groups are created that allow the analysis to focus on groups of countries at different income levels and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), an area which has seen a large number of damaging conflicts. Estimating the empirical growth model suggested in Dunne et al (2005) gives results that show variation across the subgroups, with the general picture of significant negative short run effect and insignificant long run effect of military burden on per capita GDP growth, not consistent across the different income groups. In addition, breaking down the SSA group into those involved in conflict and those that are not, provides some further intriguing findings that suggest the value of further work on the impact of conflict on growth.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of the West of England, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 1105.
Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Military expenditure; economic growth; conflict; development;
Other versions of this item:
- John Paul Dunne, 2012. "Military Spending, Growth, Development And Conflict," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 23(6), pages 549-557, December.
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-04-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2011-04-16 (Development)
- NEP-FDG-2011-04-16 (Financial Development & Growth)
- NEP-PKE-2011-04-16 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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- J Paul Dunne & Mehmet Uye, 2009. "Military Spending and Development," Discussion Papers 0902, University of the West of England, Department of Economics.
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- Paul Dunne & Sam Perlo-Freeman, 2003. "The Demand for Military Spending in Developing Countries," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 17(1), pages 23-48.
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