World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, 1981-1991 (ICPSR 6364)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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


Version V1

This data collection, which focuses on military spending and arms transfers, supplies information on 144 developed and developing countries of the world for which information was available. 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 1981-1991. Table II (Part 2) includes arms transfer deliveries and total trade by region, organization, and country for 1981-1991. Table III (Part 3) provides cumulative information for 1987-1991 on arms transfer deliveries by major supplier and recipient country. Table IV (Part 4) contains arms transfer deliveries and agreements for 1981-1991 by supplier and recipient region. Table V (included in the documentation) supplies cumulative information for 1987-1991 on number of arms delivered by selected supplier, recipient developing region, and major weapon type.

United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, 1981-1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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1981 -- 1991

1981 -- 1991

(1) Data are provided in tabular form. Monetary values are expressed in United States dollars. (2) Table V, previously available as a separate part, is now included with the technical documentation.

Militarily significant countries of the world.

various publications of the 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, and GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS YEARBOOK, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE STATISTICS, SIPRI YEARBOOK: WORLD ARMAMENTS AND DISARMAMENT, HANDBOOK OF ECONOMIC STATISTICS, and THE WORLD FACT BOOK

aggregate data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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