The Political Economy of Drones

33 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015

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Abigail Hall

University of Tampa; George Mason University

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: 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.

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

JEL Classification: D72, D73, O38, P16

Suggested Citation

Hall, Abigail 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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