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Guns and ButterThe Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict$
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Gregory D. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012812

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.001.0001

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War in Iraq versus Containment

War in Iraq versus Containment

(p.202) (p.203) 8 War in Iraq versus Containment
Guns and Butter

Steven J. Davis

Kevin M. Murphy

Robert H. Topel

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the cost of the war in Iraq. It investigates the resources required to contain a hostile Iraqi government had the U.S. and coalition partners not intervened and evaluates the costs of the war in Iraq, including occupation, military fatality, and injury costs. It also considers the cost of Iraqi lives lost and the cost if containment allowed for additional terrorist activity in the U.S. The analysis reveals that the cost for containment of Iraq would have been just under $18 billion, which is almost as expensive as the cost of the war.

Keywords:   cost of war, war in Iraq, U.S, coalition partners, military fatality, injury costs, Iraqi lives, terrorist activity, containment

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