What is it about?

How terrorists' decisions are shaped by a mixture of rationality, emotions, aspirations, reference-dependent choices, loss aversion and habits.

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Why is it important?

New developments in behavioural economics and decision science allow us to say much more about terrorist choice than was possible just a decade ago.


Think about a terrorist's identity. This has taken time and effort to craft. Once he has it, he values it more. This is the endowment effect and it makes terrorists who value their terrorist identity less responsive to incentives/deterrence. That's one example from the paper.

Dr Peter J Phillips
University of Southern Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Speaking of terrorist behaviour, Crime Law and Social Change, December 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s10611-021-10010-1.
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