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Do Citizens Want the Truth about Terrorist Threats Regardless of the Consequences?

V. Kerry Smith, Carol Mansfield, H. Allen Klaiber

NBER Working Paper No. 16232
Issued in July 2010
NBER Program(s):   EEE

This paper proposes the use of consumers’ preferences in formulating policies for keeping secret information about terrorist activities and threats that might compromise future security. We report the results from two surveys indicating that people have clear preferences for full disclosure of some terrorist related information regardless of its consequences for specific industries or future threats. This result is especially clear for threats involving commercial airlines. For those threats associated with more general surveillance or threats to the financial system respondents were more willing to allow government authorities to withhold information.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16232

Published: Smith, V.K., Mansfield, C., & Klaiber, A. (2013). Terrorist threats, information disclosures, and consumer sovereignty. I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 25 (4):225-234.

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