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Words and Deeds in Soviet Military Expenditures, 1955-1983 (ICPSR 8188)

Principal Investigator(s): Zimmerman, William


This data collection assesses the relationship between Soviet policy statements and military expenditures. Annual speeches given by Soviet Finance Ministers to the Supreme Soviet were analyzed for references to intended defense spending, the United States, and the threat of imperialism. Other variables in this dataset include estimates from various Western sources of the level of Soviet defense spending and identification of the appropriate year in the Soviet planning cycle. A year is the unit of analysis in this dataset.

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Study Description


Zimmerman, William. Words and Deeds in Soviet Military Expenditures, 1955-1983. ICPSR08188-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08188.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08188.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Ford Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms race, Cold War, defense policy, defense spending, foreign policy, international relations, military expenditures, military strength, political history, post-World War II period

Geographic Coverage:    Asia, Europe, Soviet Union, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1955--1983

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981--1983

Universe:    Annual speeches given by Soviet Finance Ministers to the Supreme Soviet during 1955-1983.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The following variables are missing for the years indicated: Variable 2: 1955, 1979-1983. Variable 4: 1955, 1982-1983. Variable 5: 1955. Variable 6: 1955. Variable 7: 1955, 1983. Variable 8: 1979-1983. Variable 9: 1981-1983. Variable 10: 1981-1983. Variable 11: 1979-1983.


Data Source:

speeches given by Soviet Finance Ministers to the Supreme Soviet


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-12-20

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