Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Shuanglin Lin


Four models are developed and tested in this study. The first two models deal with arms trade, and the other two deal with military expenditures. The most important finding of this study is political freedom has a very strong effect on both arms trade and military expenditures in Eastern Europe. The more free a country, the less likely it is to have high levels of arms trade overall, as well as import arms. Also, the higher the level of political freedom, the lower the value and intensity of military expenditures. All of the models were tested for Eastern Europe a whole as well as for the individual countries of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania.


Presented to the Department of Economics and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Stephanie Ripp August, 2001