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DEFENCE R&D: DATA ISSUES

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Abstract:

What is known, what is not known, and what is it necessary to know for informed choices about defence R&D? The published data on government‐funded defence R&D are reviewed and assessed. Time‐series and cross‐section data are presented for the world's leading defence R&D nations. World defence R&D spending is estimated at almost $68 billion in 2001. Gaps in the data are identified and proposals are made for international comparisons of final outputs allowing an assessment of the relative efficiencies of national defence R&D programmes.

Keywords: Beneficial externalities; Data tables; Defence R&D; Relative efficiencies

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10242690600645027

Affiliations: Centre for Defence Economics, University of York, York, YO 10 5DD, UK

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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