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Non-convexities and the gains from concealing defenses from committed terrorists

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  • Bernhardt, Dan
  • Polborn, Mattias K.

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How should countries defend against committed terrorists who attack until defeated? We identify a fundamental non-convexity--one only needs to defeat the terrorist once. Consequently, provided a country values targets similarly, it should conceal defenses and allocate defense resources randomly.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 107 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 52-54

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:1:p:52-54

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Keywords: Hidden defenses Resource allocation Security Randomization Terrorism;

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  1. Vicki Bier & Santiago Oliveros & Larry Samuelson, 2006. "Choosing What to Protect: Strategic Defensive Allocation against an Unknown Attacker," Levine's Bibliography 321307000000000158, UCLA Department of Economics.
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Cited by:
  1. Christopher Cotton & Cheng Li, 2012. "Profiling, Screening and Criminal Recruitment," Working Papers 2013-02, University of Miami, Department of Economics.

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