|Seitz, Michael; Tarasov, Alexander; Zakharenko, Roman (1. July 2013): Trade Costs, Conflicts, and Defense Spending. Discussion Papers in Economics 2013-11|
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This paper develops a quantitative model of trade, military conflicts, and defense spending. Trade liberalization between two countries reduces probability of an armed conict between them, causing both to cut defense spending. This in turn causes a domino effect on defense spending by other countries. As a result, both countries and the rest of the world are better off. We estimate the model using data on trade, conflicts, and military spending. We find that, after reduction of costs of trade between a pair of hostile countries, the welfare effect of worldwide defense spending cuts is comparable in magnitude to the direct welfare gains from trade.
|Item Type:||Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Keywords:||general equilibrium, gains from trade, defense spending|
Economics > Munich Discussion Papers in Economics
|Subjects:||300 Social sciences > 330 Economics|
|JEL Classification:||C5, C6, F13, F51, H56|
|Deposited On:||02. Aug 2013 08:22|
|Last Modified:||30. Apr 2016 18:59|
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