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dc.contributor.authorRotte, Ralphen_US
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Christoph M.en_US
dc.coverage.temporal1600-1973en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:22:30Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:22:30Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21449-
dc.description.abstractUsing a data set of historical battles from 1600 to 1973, this paper analyzes the empirical determinants of tactical success in modern war. Based on a reduced form approach we consider key elements of military theory as factors in the production of combat success, formalized in a military production function. The paper focuses on the relationship of material and non-material factors to battlefield success, and especially on the role of superior force strengths. Contrary to the emphasis on technology which can be found in the recent literature, our estimation results indicate that numerical superiority has retained its crucial role for battlefield performance throughout history. In general, human elements of warfare, like leadership, morale and surprise, have continued to be important determinants of battle outcome despite technological progress in weapons.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 491en_US
dc.subject.jelD29en_US
dc.subject.jelO39en_US
dc.subject.jelN40en_US
dc.subject.jelC25en_US
dc.subject.jelH56en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordbattlefield successen_US
dc.subject.keywordnumerical superiorityen_US
dc.subject.keywordleadershipen_US
dc.subject.keywordtechnical progressen_US
dc.subject.keywordmilitary technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordmilitary production functionen_US
dc.subject.stwKriegen_US
dc.subject.stwVerteidigungsökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwErfolgsfaktoren_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwWelten_US
dc.titleOn the Production of Victory: Empirical Determinants of Battlefield Success in Modern Waren_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn352255749en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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