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World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, 1983-1993 (ICPSR 6516)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency


This data collection, which focuses on military spending and arms transfers, supplies information on 166 developed and developing countries of the world. Data are provided in four 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 1983-1993. Table II (Part 2) includes arms transfer deliveries and total trade by region, organization, and country for 1983-1993. Table III (Part 3) provides cumulative information for 1991-1993 on arms transfer deliveries by major supplier and recipient country. Table IV (Part 4) contains arms transfer deliveries and agreements for 1983-1993 by supplier and recipient region.

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

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Military Expenditures, Armed Forces, 1983-1993 - Download All Files (13.413 MB)
DS2:  Arms Transfer Deliveries, 1983-1993 - Download All Files (13.365 MB)
DS3:  Arms Transfer Deliveries, Cumulative, 1991-1993 - Download All Files (13.071 MB)
DS4:  Arms Transfer Deliveries and Agreements, 1983-1993 - Download All Files (13.139 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. WORLD MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND ARMS TRANSFERS, 1983-1993. Washington, DC: U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06516.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06516.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    armaments, armed forces, arms exports, arms imports, 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:   

  • 1983--1993

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992--1993

Universe:    The universe consists of 171 countries (166 in 1993), including most members of the United Nations, as well as nonmembers Switzerland and Taiwan.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Data are provided in tabular form. Monetary values are expressed in United States dollars. (2) Although Table V appears in the documentation, these data were not received by ICPSR.


Data Source:

Data are taken from various publications of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (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, SIPRI YEARBOOK: WORLD ARMAMENTS AND DISARMAMENT, HANDBOOK OF ECONOMIC STATISTICS, 1992, and THE WORLD FACT BOOK, published annually.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-08-16

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB6516.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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