U.S. Troops and Economic Growth

38 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2008

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Garett Jones

George Mason University

Tim J. Kane

Hoover Institution

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

Suggested Citation

Jones, Garett and Kane, Tim J., U.S. Troops and Economic Growth (March 19, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1148403

Garett Jones

George Mason University ( email )

Department of Economics
Center for Study of Public Choice
Fairfax, VA 22033
United States

HOME PAGE: http://mason.gmu.edu/~gjonesb

Tim J. Kane (Contact Author)

Hoover Institution ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-6010
United States

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