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Applying Intermediate Microeconomics to Terrorism

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  • Charles Anderton

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • John Carter

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

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The authors show how microeconomic concepts and principles are applicable to the study of terrorism. The utility maximization model provides insights into both terrorist resource allocation choices and government counterterrorism efforts, while basic game theory helps characterize the strategic interdependencies among terrorists and governments.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0412.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2004
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 37:4, Fall 2006, pp. 442-458.
Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0412

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Keywords: terrorism; rational choice model; income and substitution effects; Slutsky equation; game theory; prisoners’ dilemma; chicken; public goods;

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