Exploring Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Their Unintended Consequences

Virginia Economic Journal, 2022

16 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2022

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William Tilson

Radford University - Department of Economics

Daniel Farhat

Radford University - Department of Economics

Thomas K. Duncan

Radford University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 16, 2021

Abstract

What affects the choices of terrorism and counter-terrorism? New researchers interested in this field might feel overwhelmed by the vast literature that emerged after the 9/11 attacks. We review existing trends and policies related to international terrorist activities. We describe the ‘standard’ economic perspective of violent decision-making where individuals act based on costs and benefits. We then explore behavioral and social approaches to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Potential unintended consequences associated with these activities are discussed. We conclude our quick overview with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: National Security, Terrorism, Foreign Intervention, Conflict

JEL Classification: D74, F50, P47

Suggested Citation

Tilson, William and Farhat, Daniel and Duncan, Thomas, Exploring Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Their Unintended Consequences (November 16, 2021). Virginia Economic Journal, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4012836

William Tilson

Radford University - Department of Economics ( email )

United States

Daniel Farhat

Radford University - Department of Economics ( email )

United States

Thomas Duncan (Contact Author)

Radford University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6952
Radford, VA 24142
United States

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