The Economic Impacts of Terrorist Attacks

About the book: Based on an August 2004 conference held at the University of Southern California, this collection comprises 14 papers that assess the economic costs of national protection and the potential economic damage from certain types of terrorist attacks. Several of the papers identify the most important channels by which electric power outages impact other infrastructure systems and thereby disrupt cities, their populations, and their economies. Other topics include game theory and hostage taking, the housing market’s perception of risk from terrorism, benefit-cost analysis for homeland security policies, and the viability of 100% container inspection at ports.