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Military keynesianism: An assessment

Cooperation for a Peaceful and Sustainable World Part 2

ISBN: 978-1-78190-655-2, eISBN: 978-1-78190-656-9

Publication date: 30 December 2013


The recent recession has seen something of a resurgence in the debate over military Keynesianism. Recent commentators, who should know better, have claimed that it would make sense to stimulate the U.S. economy through increases in military spending, as though this has not been a commonly contested view over the last 40 years. A large, literature has debated the economic effects of military spending, and while it has reached no consensus, there is also little support for any belief that military spending is a good way of stimulating the economy. This paper makes a contribution to the debate by assessing the theoretical perspectives and the empirical approaches used. It then undertakes an analysis of the United States using a number of approaches, and the results suggest that the simple military Keynesian arguments still lack empirical support.


Paul Dunne, J. (2013), "Military keynesianism: An assessment", Cooperation for a Peaceful and Sustainable World Part 2 (Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development, Vol. 20 Part 2), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 117-129.



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