Summary of Who Has Terror Angst?

Perceptions of the Effects of Terror on the World Economy

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Who Has Terror Angst? summary
People’s expectations can mitigate terrorism’s global economic impact.


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Countries around the world have felt the impacts of terrorism, and its effects reverberate throughout both national and global economies. Investment, consumption and tourism fall off in the affected areas, according to several studies. Pessimistic expectations also play a large part in all these negative economic outcomes: When investments appear risky and travel seems unsafe, these perceptions eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Researchers Dorine Boumans and Johanna Garnitz and Professor Günther Schulze conducted a survey that explores the question of how such perceptions evolve and that provides noteworthy insights into the economic implications of terrorism. getAbstract recommends their report to economists and government officials.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How terrorism affects domestic and global economies;
  • How experts view the economic impacts of terrorism, both in their own countries and around the world; and
  • What policy implications these views and expectations convey.


Terrorists spread fear and uncertainty, thereby creating the conditions that can undermine financial, commercial and social constructs. To assess how perceptions regarding terrorist activities influence economies, a survey asked 968 experts from 119 countries about the economic effects of terrorism, ...
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About the Authors

Dorine Boumans and Johanna Garnitz are researchers at the Ifo Institute. Gūnther Schulze is an economics professor at the University of Freiburg.

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