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Review article: Is war necessary for economic growth?


  • Jurgen Brauer

    () (Augusta State University)


The article reviews Vernon Ruttan's new book, Is War Necessary for Economic Growth? Military Procurement and Technological Development. (Oxford University Press, 2006). The subject matter is limited to the post-World War II United States only. Studying six general-purpose technologies emerging from war environments, the book claims that much of the U.S. post-war growth experience can be attributed to them. The reviewer finds that this is not Prof. Ruttan's best work, in part because the underlying research is too casual to support the conclusions drawn.

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  • Jurgen Brauer, 2007. "Review article: Is war necessary for economic growth?," Economics of Peace and Security Journal, EPS Publishing, vol. 2(1), pages 71-76, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:epc:journl:v:2:y:2006:i:1:p:71-76

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    Cited by:

    1. J. Paul Dunne, 2017. "War, peace, and development," Economics of Peace and Security Journal, EPS Publishing, vol. 12(2), pages 21-31, October.
    2. Jurgen Brauer, 2007. "Book Review of Ruttan," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 55(3), pages 627-631, April.
    3. Brauer, Jurgen & Caruso, Raul, 2011. "Peace economists and peace economics," MPRA Paper 34927, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Military spending; technology; growth;

    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development


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