Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190323
Authors: 
Brender, Agnes
Pfaff, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
ILE Working Paper Series 22
Abstract: 
Small arms and light weapons (SALWs) imports have been found to be linked to a worsening of human rights conditions in the importing state. In this paper, we reexamine the relationship of government’s SALW imports and the decision to engage in violations of physical integrity rights using updated and more reliable repression data as well as proposing a different estimation strategy. Analyzing physical integrity rights violations and SALW imports of 176 countries from 1991 to 2010, empirical results indicate that SALW imports have a negative impact on respect for physical integrity rights. When disaggregating findings by regime type, we find that SALW imports in autocracies are associated with more repression, while we have mixed results for democracies.
Subjects: 
arms trade
SALW
repression
JEL: 
F14
H56
K33
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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