Star Wars Economics

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 25 2012 @ 3:38pm

Kevin Drum estimates that the Death Star would have cost "about 1.3 million times the world's GDP." After calculating future GDP, he thinks it's "totally worth it." Seth Masket differs:

[J]ust as building a Death Star sent an important message to non-compliant planets, destroying a Death Star sent a powerful signal, as well. It was a huge public relations coup for the Rebellion. So the Death Star, while a devastating weapon, was also a tempting target. There were some basic conceptual design flaws (both versions were destroyed by a small smuggling ship and a handful of single-person fighters), but really, even if it had survived Yavin, it was doomed to spend much of its operational time fighting off attackers, simply by virtue of being such a big fat target.