Bang for Bucks: The Cost of Nuclear Weapons

Room: 118
28.08.2010, Sat  10.30-12.00

Organizer / speaker: Prof. Dr. Christoph Frei, University of  St.Gallen

Nuclear weapons are unendingly controversial, and related debate is usually dominated by political, military, and moral arguments. There is, however, an economic dimension to the issue at hand: What is the cost of it all, and what are the most important components of that cost? Building and paying for the bomb is one thing, of course; financing the various implications of a full-fledged nuclear arsenal (from operational forces through health related issues down to environmental management and waste disposal) is quite another. Reliable numbers are hard to obtain, but mind-boggling at any rate.