Ann Markusen

Ann Markusen is professor emerita at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is the director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, and principal of Markusen Economic Research. 

Recent Articles

The High Road Wins

How and why Minnesota is outpacing Wisconsin

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How We Lost the Peace Dividend

After every previous war, we sent troops home and cut defense spending. The Col War is over, but real spending still runs 85 percent of the Cold War average.

WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ESSAY John Alic, Lewis Branscomb, Harvey Brooks, Ashton Carter, and Gerald Epstein , Beyond Spinoff: Military and Commercial Technologies in a Changing World (Harvard Business School Press, 1992). Bonn International Center for Conversion, Conversion Survey 1996: Global Disarmament, Demilitarization and Demobilization (Oxford University Press, 1996). Kevin Cassidy and Gregory Bischak, eds., Real Security: Converting the Defense Economy and Building Peace (State University of New York Press, 1993) . Jacques Gansler, Defense Conversion: Transforming the Arsenal of Democracy (MIT Press, 1995). Gregory Hooks, Forging the Military-Industrial Complex: World War II's Battle of the Potomac (University of Illinois Press, 1991) . William Kaufman and John Steinbruner, Decisions for Defense: Prospects for a New Order (Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 1991). Murray Weidenbaum, Small Wars, Big Defense: Paying for the Military after the Cold War (Oxford University...