Trade-offs between civil liberties and national security: A discrete choice experiment

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Journal Article

© 2016 Western Economic Association International. We explore differences in perception of national security policies between selfidentified liberals, moderates, and conservatives from a national sample of U.S. adults. Using a discrete choice experiment, we also quantify each group’s willingness to trade off select policies in exchange for reduced risk of a 9/11-style terrorist attack. Relative to other groups, liberals are more likely to view such policies as ineffective and susceptible to government abuse. They also perceive a lower threat of terrorism. All groups are willing to make trade-offs between civil liberties and risk of a terrorist attack. However, loss of civil liberties affects liberals more than conservatives. (JEL D61, H41, H56).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finkelstein, EA; Mansfield, C; Wood, D; Rowe, B; Chay, J; Ozdemir, S

Published Date

  • April 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 292 - 311

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1465-7287

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1074-3529

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/coep.12188

Citation Source

  • Scopus