World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, 1973-1983 (ICPSR 8532)

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 145 developed and developing countries of the world. The first file contains background data for each country, including items such as region, sub-region, alliances (OPEC, NATO, and Warsaw Pact), and OECD and World Bank membership. The second file tabulates annual military expenditures, GNP, central government expenditures, arms imports and exports, and total imports and exports in current and constant dollars for each country from 1973 to 1983. Additional variables detail total population, number of armed forces personnel, number of armed forces personnel per 1000 people, GNP in constant dollars per capita, and military expenditures in constant dollars per capita.

United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, 1973-1983. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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1973 -- 1983

Data values are expressed in United States dollars.

145 countries of the world.

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, THE MILITARY BALANCE, HANDBOOK OF ECONOMIC STATISTICS 1984: A REFERENCE AID, OECD ECONOMIC SURVEYS, and THE WORLD FACT BOOK: 1984.

aggregate data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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