Military Expenditure and Arms Trade : Alternative Data Sources

Author/Editor:

John Wakeman-Linn ; Nancy Louise Happe

Publication Date:

June 1, 1994

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Summary:

Analysis of the economic impact of military expenditures and arms trade is frequently hampered by the limited amount of transparent, comprehensive data. Country-specific information can be supplemented, however, by data from multicountry statistical sources. This paper describes seven publications which provide multicountry statistics on military expenditure and trade--the information each source conveys, as well as the differences in coverage and definition--to assist the analyst in understanding how to use this data. Comparisons of the data reported by the various sources reveal numerous, significant differences, particularly in data on military expenditures.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/69

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451960709/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0691994

Format:

Paper

Pages:

64

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