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Terrorism and the Resilience of Cities

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  • James Harrigan

    (Department of Economics (Virginia))

  • Philippe Martin

    (Center for Economic Policy Research (London) (CEPR))

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Harrigan and Martin assess the viability of major cities, and New York in particular, in the face of catastrophes such as terrorist attacks by considering why cities exist in the first place. They conclude that the same forces thought to lead to the formation of cities—namely, the economic gains derived from the proximity of firms to markets, suppliers, and a large labor pool—help to preserve cities at risk of terrorism and other catastrophic events. Furthermore, given the considerable size of the economic gains generated by major cities, New York and its counterparts should be extremely robust in the event of future occurrences.

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  • James Harrigan & Philippe Martin, 2002. "Terrorism and the Resilience of Cities," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/9286, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/9286
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    1. Fuerst, Franz, 2006. "The Aftermath of the 9/11 Attack in the New York City Office Market: A Review of Key Figures and Developments," MPRA Paper 13316, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 09 Feb 2009.
    2. Bruno S. Frey & Simon Luechinger & Alois Stutzer, 2007. "Calculating Tragedy: Assessing The Costs Of Terrorism," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(1), pages 1-24, February.
    3. Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban, 2004. "Cities under stress," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(5), pages 903-927, July.
    4. Tchai Tavor, 2014. "The Effect Of Terror Incidents On The Yield Of Index Markets For Developing And Developed Markets," Economy & Business Journal, International Scientific Publications, Bulgaria, vol. 8(1), pages 1148-1153.
    5. 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.
    6. Tavares, Jose, 2004. "The open society assesses its enemies: shocks, disasters and terrorist attacks," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(5), pages 1039-1070, July.
    7. Kelly Bergstrand & Brian Mayer & Babette Brumback & Yi Zhang, 2015. "Assessing the Relationship Between Social Vulnerability and Community Resilience to Hazards," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 122(2), pages 391-409, June.
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