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Dr Nan Tian


Dr Nan Tian

Nan Tian

Nan Tian is a Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme, where he is responsible for monitoring and managing the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. His research interests focus on the causes and impact of military expenditure and civil war. His doctoral thesis is titled 'Military Spending, Conflict and Development' and explores the relationship between military spending, civil conflict and economic development. He previously worked at the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as an economist on climate change and was a lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Subject expertise

Military expenditure, civil war, economic growth, climate change

Regional expertise


Phone number
+46 76 628 6176
English, Mandarin

PhD in Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa
External publications
  • Dunne, J.P. and Tian, N. (2016) Military Expenditure and Economic Growth, 1960-2014, The Economics of Peace a Security Journal, 11(2)
  • Dunne, J.P. and Tian, N. (2015) Military Expenditure and Economic Growth: A Panel Analysis 1988-2010, Defence and Peace Economics, 26(1) 15-31
  • Dunne, J.P. and Tian, N. (2015) Conflict, Economic Growth and Spillover Effects in Africa. Working Paper 561, Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA)
  • Dunne, J.P. and Tian, N. (2014) Conflict Spillovers and Growth in Africa, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 20(4) 539-549
  • Bhorat, H. and Tian, N. (2014) Growth, Employment and Skills: The New Growth Path Revisited, LMIP 3 Report
  • Bhorat, H., Tian, N. and Ellyne, M. (2014) The Real Exchange Rate and Sectoral Employment in South Africa, DPRU Working Paper and Forthcoming in Africa Growth Initiative Working Paper Series, Brookings
  • Dunne, J.P. and Tian, N. (2013) Military Spending and Economic Growth: A Survey, Economics of Peace and Security, 8(1) 5-11