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Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

This lecture offers a broad introduction to the main stakes in defense and security economics. The most important determinants and consequences of defense-security expenditures are detailed with a special focus on concrete and up-to-date examples drawn from the USA, Europe, Middle-East and Asia. Efforts are undertaken to highlight trade-offs between economic, operational, political and strategic dimensions in public decision-making.


  • OUDOT, Jean-Michel (Chargé d'études économiques, Direction des affaires financières, ministère de la Défense)
  • RICHTER, Friederike (doctorant contractuel)

Pedagogical format

A PowerPoint is used as the main support for the lecture (available on Google Drive) + constant interactions with students.

Course validation

2 exercises will be done at home and will count for 50% each in the final mark. After session 7, one transversal question will be sent to you by e-mail and you will have 48 hours to reply (within three pages maximum). The same procedure will apply after session 11.


Minimum one reading (scientific article) per week (two or three recommended) + interest in defense news.

Required reading

  • Hartley K. 2010, The Economics of Defence Policy: A New Perspective, Routledge
  • Smith R. 2011, Military Economics, the Interaction of Power and Money, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Hartley K. and Sandler T. 1995, 2007, Handbook of Defence Economics, n° 1 and 2. Elsevier, Amsterdam

Additional required reading

  • Bellais R., Foucault M. et Oudot J-M. (2014), Economie de la défense, Repères, La Découverte.
  • Paillard Christophe-Alexandre, (2011); Les nouvelles guerres économiques, Editions Ophrys, Paris
  • Kirkpatrick D.L. (2004), “Trends in the Costs of Weapon Systems and the Consequences”, Defence & peace Economics, 15(3), 259-273
  • Dunne J.P. (1990), “The Political Economy of Military Expenditure: An Introduction”, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 14(4), 395-404
  • Kapstein E. and Oudot J-M., (2009), “Reforming Defense Procurement: Lessons from France”, Business & Politics, 11(2), article 1

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