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Terrorism, Trade and Welfare: Some Paradoxes and a Policy Conundrum

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  • Subhayu Bandyopadhyay
  • Todd Sandler
  • Javed Younas

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We present a standard trade model and show that terrorism can be trade inducing, starting from autarky. In addition, terrorism can be shown to be welfare augmenting for a group of nations. Finally, we present some qualitative conditions that identify when a nation?s trade volume may rise (or fall) in response to a greater incidence of terrorism. Our trade and welfare results point to potential difficulties in international coordination of counterterrorism policy because of terrorism?s differential impact across nations.

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  • Subhayu Bandyopadhyay & Todd Sandler & Javed Younas, 2016. "Terrorism, Trade and Welfare: Some Paradoxes and a Policy Conundrum," Working Papers 2016-2, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2016-002
    DOI: 10.20955/wp.2016.002
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    Keywords

    Terrorism; Trade; Welfare;
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    JEL classification:

    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War

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