Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119339
Authors: 
Bozzoli, Carlos
Müller, Cathérine
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Economics of Security Working Paper 13
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
terrorism
civil liberties
risk perception
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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