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The Political Economy of Drones


Abigail R. Hall


University of Tampa; George Mason University

Christopher J. Coyne


George Mason University - Department of Economics

June 26, 2013


Abstract:     
This paper provides a political economy analysis of the evolution of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or “drones”, in the United States. Focus is placed on the interplay between the political and private economic influences; and their impact on the trajectory of political, economic, and, in this case, military outcomes. We identify the initial formation of the drone industry, trace how the initial relationships between the military and the private sector expanded over time, and discuss how the industry has expanded. Understanding the history and evolution of UAV technology, as well as the major players in the industry today, is important for ongoing policy debates regarding the use of drones, both domestically and internationally.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, political economy, public choice, military-industrial complex

JEL Classification: D72, D73, O38, P16


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Date posted: June 27, 2013 ; Last revised: June 5, 2015

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Hall, Abigail R. and Coyne, Christopher J., The Political Economy of Drones (June 26, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285820 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2285820

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Abigail R. Hall
University of Tampa ( email )
George Mason University ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
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