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The demand for military spending in developing countries

Dunne, John Paul; Perlo-Freeman, Sam


John Paul Dunne

Sam Perlo-Freeman


Numerous studies have estimated demand for military expenditure in terms of economic, political and strategic variables. Ten years after the end of the Cold War, this paper attempts to ascertain if the new strategic environment has changed the pattern of determinants, by estimating cross-country demand functions for developing countries for periods during and just after the Cold War. The results suggest that, for both periods, military burden depended on neighbours' military spending and internal and external conflict. Democracy and population both relate negatively to military burden. There is little evidence of a change in the underlying relationship between the periods.


Dunne, J. P., & Perlo-Freeman, S. (2003). The demand for military spending in developing countries. International Review of Applied Economics, 17(1), 23-48.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Journal International Review of Applied Economics
Print ISSN 0269-2171
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 23-48
Keywords military spending, developing countries
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