38 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2008
Date Written: March 19, 2007
In the midst of a major U.S. military effort in Iraq and the Middle East, economists should be able to assess the relationship between U.S. troops and growth. The necessity of military force in providing security for nation-building is a common assumption among policymakers and international affairs experts, but there has never been an econometric analysis of the impact of troops on growth. We use a newly constructed disaggregated dataset on the deployment of U.S. troops over the years 1950-2000, and discover a positive relationship with host country economic growth, robust to multiple control variables.
Keywords: Economic growth, development, U.S. military, national security, linear regression
JEL Classification: C5, F42, O2, O4, O57
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