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Guns and ButterThe Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict$
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Gregory D. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012812

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.001.0001

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Urban Structure in a Climate of Terror

Urban Structure in a Climate of Terror

(p.181) 7 Urban Structure in a Climate of Terror
Guns and Butter

Stephen Sheppard

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the effects of terrorism on demography and urban structure. It outlines the changes in the urban footprint for cities around the world in response to identified patterns of terrorism and highlights the fact that urban development evolves in response to physical threat such as terrorism. It shows that a doubling of terrorism incidents has a statistically and economically significant effect in reducing the development of larger cities and suggests that terrorism should be regarded as a type of tax on urban producers and residents.

Keywords:   terrorism, demography, urban structure, urban footprint, urban development, urban producers, urban residents

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