Calculating Tragedy: Assessing the Costs of Terrorism

36 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2004

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Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Simon Luechinger

University of Lucerne

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

The trends and consequences of terrorist activities are often captured by counting the number of incidents and casualties. More recently, the effects of terrorist acts on various aspects of the economy have been analyzed. These costs are surveyed and put in perspective. As economic consequences are only a part of the overall costs of terrorism, possible approaches for estimating the utility losses of the people affected are discussed. Results using the life satisfaction approach, in which individual utility is approximated by self-reported subjective well-being, suggest that people's utility losses may far exceed the purely economic consequences.

Keywords: Terrorism, subjective well-being, life satisfaction, utility loss

JEL Classification: D74, H56, I31

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S. and Luechinger, Simon and Stutzer, Alois, Calculating Tragedy: Assessing the Costs of Terrorism (November 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=599742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.599742

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