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Quality vs. Quantity in Military Procurement

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  • Rogerson, William P

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It is often argued that the same expenditures on military procurement would produce a more effective defense if larger numbers of less sophisticated (and thus cheaper) weapons were purchased. This paper shows that such a result can occur even if the military derives no private consumption value from technically sophisticated weapons. Rather, the organization of the decision-making process itself can produce this result. This suggests some possible solutions through organizing decision-making in a different fashion. Copyright 1990 by American Economic Association.

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  • Rogerson, William P, 1990. "Quality vs. Quantity in Military Procurement," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(1), pages 83-92, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:80:y:1990:i:1:p:83-92
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