How Does Terrorism Risk Vary Across Space and Time? An Analysis Based on the Israeli Experience
36 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2007
Date Written: June 2006
We study the spatial and temporal determinants of terrorism risk in Israel, using a geocoded database of Israeli terrorist attacks from 1949 to the present. In selecting targets, terrorists seem to respond rationally to costs and benefits: they are more likely to hit targets more accessible from their own homebases and international borders, closer to symbolic centers of government administration, and in more heavily Jewish areas. We also examine the waiting time between attacks experienced by localities. Long periods without an attack signal lower risk for most localities, but higher risk for important areas like regional or national capitals.
Keywords: Terrorism Risk, spatial, temporal, Israel, Palestinian
JEL Classification: D74, N4
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