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The Analytical Study of Terrorism: Taking Stock
Lecture by Professor Todd Sandler, University of Texas at Dallas
This lecture presents an eclectic review of the analytical study of terrorism that views all agents as rational decision makers. This analytical investigation began in earnest with the seminal study of US skyjackings by William Landes in 1978 and grew rapidly after 9/11. These studies enlightened us about the economic consequences of terrorism, the effectiveness of counterterrorist policies and causes of terrorism. New developments in the field focused on distinguishing key differences between domestic and transnational terrorism. Recent game-theoretic advances permit more active agents and stages to the games. Other major developments involve the study of networked terrorists. Fruitful future directions include using advanced econometric methods to discern the true impact of terrorism on growth, applying spatial econometrics to the study of terrorism, ascertaining the determinants of terrorist groups' longevity, and learning how to foster international cooperation for counterterrorism.
About the Presenter
Professor Todd Sandler is a Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has taught in a number of major universities in the US, UK and Australia. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Dallas, Sandler was a Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Professor in International Relations and Economics at the University of Southern California, USA. Professor Sandler has served or serves on editorial boards of reputable academic journals. He regularly provides consulting to national and international organizations.
Professor Sandler is a prolific academic researcher who has made significant contributions to the areas of international political economy, terrorism and public economics among others. An internationally respected and highly cited scholar, Sandler has published in leading economics and political science journals such as American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Law and Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and many other top journals. He has authored or co-authored 21 books. For his contributions, Sandler has received the US National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War (2003).
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and guests are welcome to attend the lecture.