Economic Environments and Third World Arms Production
Looney, Robert E.
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In a previous paper [International Organization, 40, 3 (1986)], we discussed the economic environment necessary to profile Latin American countries into arms producers and nonproducers. This environment was compared directly with earlier research which had suggested an alternative environment: scale economies, a large military and/or population, and a large national income. However, these "size" variables were unable to explain why some smaller countries (e.g. Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic) were producers. Since we were able to correctly predict each country's classification as a producer or not, we concluded that our analysis supplemented this earlier work. This note reports our preliminary findings in which we attempt to extend the analysis to a larger sample of countries (49), including Latin America, 19 of which produced at least one major weapon in 1979-1980.
Defense Analysis, vol. 3, no.1, pp. 80-81, 1987.Refereed Journal Article