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Hiding in plain sight – using signals to detect terrorists

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  • Atin Basuchoudhary

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  • Laura Razzolini

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This paper studies the interaction between a governmental security agency, as the Transportation Security Agency, or the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and a terrorist organization, like Al Qaeda. The governmental agency wants to stop the terrorists, but first must infer whether a visa applicant or an airline passenger is a terrorist on the basis of some observable signal. The terrorist organization's objective is to get past security to commit murder and mayhem. We derive the equilibrium strategy for this signaling model, and evaluate specific anti-terrorist policies, as the creation of the new Homeland Security Agency and increased airport security screening. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 128 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 245-255

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:128:y:2006:i:1:p:245-255

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Keywords: Terrorism; Deterrence; Signaling game; Non cooperative game; Nash equilibrium;

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  1. Charles A. Holt & Andrew Kydd & Laura Razzolini & Roman Sheremeta, 2014. "The Paradox of Misaligned Profiling: Theory and Experimental Evidence," Working Papers 14-09, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute.
  2. Subhayu Bandyopadhyay & Todd Sandler, 2011. "The Interplay Between Preemptive and Defensive Counterterrorism Measures: A Two‐stage Game," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 78(311), pages 546-564, 07.
  3. Wang, Xiaofang & Zhuang, Jun, 2011. "Balancing congestion and security in the presence of strategic applicants with private information," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 212(1), pages 100-111, July.

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