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Do Citizens Want the Truth about Terrorist Threats Regardless of the Consequences?

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  • V. Kerry Smith
  • Carol Mansfield
  • H. Allen Klaiber

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This paper proposes the use of consumers’ preferences in formulating policies for keeping secret information about terrorist activities and threats that might compromise future security. We report the results from two surveys indicating that people have clear preferences for full disclosure of some terrorist related information regardless of its consequences for specific industries or future threats. This result is especially clear for threats involving commercial airlines. For those threats associated with more general surveillance or threats to the financial system respondents were more willing to allow government authorities to withhold information.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16232.

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Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: published as Smith, V.K., Mansfield, C., & Klaiber, A. (2013). Terrorist threats, information disclosures, and consumer sovereignty. I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 25 (4):225-234.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16232

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  1. Abadie, Alberto & Dermisi, Sofia, 2008. "Is terrorism eroding agglomeration economies in Central Business Districts? Lessons from the office real estate market in downtown Chicago," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 451-463, September.
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