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World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, 1979-1989 (ICPSR 6065)

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This data collection, which focuses on military spending and arms transfers, supplies information on 144 developed and developing countries of the world. Data are provided in five tables. Table I (Part 1) consists of military expenditures, armed forces, Gross National Product, central government expenditures, and population by region, organization, and country for 1979-1989. Table II (Part 2) includes arms transfer deliveries and total trade by region, organization, and country for 1979-1989. Table III (Part 3) provides cumulative information for 1985-1989 on arms transfer deliveries by major supplier and recipient country. Table IV (Part 4) contains arms transfer deliveries and agreements for 1979-1989 by supplier and recipient region. Table V (Part 5) supplies cumulative information for 1985-1989 on number of arms delivered by selected supplier, recipient developing region, and major weapon type.

Series: World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers [Trade] Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Military Expenditures, Armed Forces, 1979-1989 - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
DS2:  Value of Arms Transfers and Total Imports and Exports, 1979-1989 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS3:  Value of Arms Transfer Deliveries, Cumulative, 1985-1989 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
DS4:  Arms Transfer Deliveries and Agreements, 1979-1989 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
DS5:  Number of Arms Delivered, 1985-1989 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. WORLD MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND ARMS TRANSFERS, 1979-1989. Washington, DC: U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06065.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   armaments, armed forces, arms exports, arms imports, arms race, arms trade, arms transfers, defense (military), defense spending, economic indicators, gross national product (GNP), international trade, military expenditures, military strength, nations, population characteristics, weapons

Geographic Coverage:   Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Latin America, North America, South America, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1979--1989

Data Types:   aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Data are provided in tabular form. Monetary values are expressed in United States dollars.


Data Source:

Data are taken from various publications of NATO, the Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the United States Bureau of the Census, and other United States government agencies. Additional data sources include GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS YEARBOOK, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE STATISTICS, SOVIET AND U.S. DEFENSE ACTIVITIES, 1971-80: A DOLLAR COST COMPARISON, SIPRI YEARBOOK: WORLD ARMAMENTS AND DISARMAMENT, HANDBOOK OF ECONOMIC STATISTICS, 1990, and THE WORLD FACT BOOK, published annually.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 6 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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