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Title: Estimating Economic Impacts of Homeland Security Measures

Researcher(s): Joe Cordes, Anthony Yezer (Economics), Garry Young, Mary Katherine Foreman, and Charlotte Kirschner

Funding: Homeland Security Institute

Start Date: 2005

Status: Completed

Category: Economic and Industrial Development Policy Studies, Homeland Security Policy

Summary: Information on the economic impact of policies and programs undertaken to enhance homeland security is important in the future design and evaluation of measures undertaken to enhance homeland security. This project will: (a) provide a complete list of the types of countermeasures that have been or might be proposed to reduce either the risk or the consequences of terrorist attacks; (b) produce an in-depth survey of both the economic literature and federal government "best practices" and official guidelines for estimating the economic impacts these measures; and (c) apply one or more of the methods identified in (b) to estimate the economic impact of an actual measure (or set of measures) that have been or might be implemented to reduce either the risks of, or the consequences of terrorist attacks.


Title: Lessons Learned in Homeland Security

Funding: Homeland Security Institute

Researcher(s): Hal Wolman

Start Date: October 2004

Status: Completed

Category: Homeland Security Policy

Summary: This project involves mining relevant information repositories to construct a qualitative database of the Lessons Learned from catastrophes, both man-made and natural, with an eye towards recognizing trends and patterns in problems and solutions.


Title: Soft Metrics for Critical Infrastructure Protection (Research Design)

Funding: Homeland Security Institute

Researcher(s): Garry Young, Hal Wolman, Lee Sigelman, Joseph Cordes , Teresa Murphy , Sean Aday, Lar Wilnat

Start Date:

Status: Completed

Category: Homeland Security Policy

Summary: This project involves creating a research design with two components. In the first component the GWIPP team will produce a survey methodology for measuring how the American people rank order national icons – such as national monuments, federal buildings, and significant natural landmarks – in terms of importance. In the second component the GWIPP team will develop a design for exploring how to measure the impact of a major terrorist attach on public perception in four areas – national security, governance, public confidence, and economic scope and duration.