Guns or Butter

StudioPlex in Atlanta Georgia.

April 2011.

Laser Cut Cardboard

Dimensions Variable 

In macroeconomics, the gun versus butter model is a simple example of the production possibility frontier. It models the relationship between a nation’s investment in defense and civilian goods. In this model, a nation has to choose between two options when spending its finite resources. It can buy either guns (invest in defense/military) or butter (invest in the production of goods), or a combination of both. This can be seen as an analogy for choices between defense and civilian spending in more complex economies.

 In this composition located in Atlanta Georgia, each of the Tomahawk missiles was inscribed with social expenditures equal to the cost of the weapon.

 Assembly Team: Claire Abitz, Shannon Slane.

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