Economic profiling of the lone wolf terrorist: can economics provide behavioral investigative advice?

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2012) Economic profiling of the lone wolf terrorist: can economics provide behavioral investigative advice? Journal of Applied Security Research, 7 (2). pp. 151-177. ISSN 1936-1610

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Economics has long had a theory of 'crime and punishment.' This theory provides predictions about the effects of law enforcement activity on criminals' actions but can it provide investigative advice? This paper extends the theoretical framework by identifying the possibility of 'economic profiling' of criminals and terrorists. Investigative psychologists attempt to derive the characteristics of offenders from the characteristics of the crime to develop an offender profile. The assignment of individuals to a 'class' involves the application of a classification scheme or typology. If the characteristics of a crime can be assigned to a particular type, the offender will have certain characteristics. This may assist law enforcement in identifying and finding the offender. A logical extension of the expected utility analysis of crime and terrorist behavior is the development of a methodology of economic profiling based upon an economic-behavioral typology of criminal and terrorist behavior. It is the purpose of this paper to provide some first steps in the development of such a framework. These first steps are cast in the context of an investigative economist seeking to develop an economic profile of a lone wolf terrorist.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 02:28
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 05:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: economics; crime; terrorists; profiling; offenders; investigative psychology; expected utility; criminal behaviour; terrorist behaviour; typology; investigative economist; economic profile; lone wolf terrorist
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2012.656250

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