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Alternative methodologies for projecting defence spending


  • Christine Duke

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Cameron McKean

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)


This paper is based on research done for the Intergenerational Report 2007. A brief discussion of alternative methodologies for projecting defence spending was included in the appendix of the report. This paper provides a more detailed discussion of the alternative methodologies explored and shows the projections that were done, updated for current defence spending data. Other longer-term economic projections for Australia are consistent with those used for the Intergenerational Report 2007.

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  • Christine Duke & Cameron McKean, 2008. "Alternative methodologies for projecting defence spending," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 2, pages 1-11, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2008_2_1

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    1. David Kirkpatrick, 2004. "Trends in the costs of weapon systems and the consequences," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 259-273.
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    defence; military expenditure; national security;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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