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Perceptions and Attitudes to a Terrorist Shock: Evidence from the UK


  • Carlos Bozzoli
  • Cathérine Müller


The emergence of transnational terrorism in Western countries has raised the debate about security measures, some of which could constrain civil liberties. This is the first paper that uses terrorist attacks (on 7th July, 2005 in London) as an exogenous source of variation to study the dynamics of risk perceptions and its impact on the readiness to trade off civil liberties for enhanced security. In this framework we show that the willingness to trade off security for liberties is dramatically affected by changes in individual risk assessments brought on after a terrorist attack, and document the extent of its persistence.

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  • Carlos Bozzoli & Cathérine Müller, 2009. "Perceptions and Attitudes to a Terrorist Shock: Evidence from the UK," Economics of Security Working Paper Series 13, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diweos:diweos13

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    1. Michael Brzoska & Raphael Bossong & Eric van Um, 2011. "Security Economics in the European Context: Implications of the EUSECON Project," Economics of Security Working Paper Series 58, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Olaf J. de Groot & Konstantinos Drakos & Cathérine Müller, 2011. "How Rational Is the Response of Individuals to the Threat of Terrorism in Europe?," EUSECON Policy Briefing 9, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    3. Henning Finseraas & Ola Listhaug, 2013. "It can happen here: the impact of the Mumbai terror attacks on public opinion in Western Europe," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 156(1), pages 213-228, July.


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