- U.S. Wars & Militarism
Pentagon Spending is the Least Effective Way to Create Jobs after COVID-19
As Congress works to get Americans back into jobs lost in the COVID-19 crisis, it must focus on proven solutions. Dollar for dollar, spending on the Pentagon and national defense creates fewer jobs than other top industries. According to a Brown University study, $1 billion invested in education will create over twice as many jobs as $1 billion spent on the Pentagon.
Source: Heidi Garrett-Peltier, “The Job Opportunity Cost of War,” Costs of War Project, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, May 25, 2017, and Heidi Garrett-Peltier, “War Spending and Lost Opportunities,” Costs of War Project, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, March 2019