Terrorism watch lists, suspect ranking and decision-making biases

Phillips, Peter J and Pohl, Gabriela (2018) Terrorism watch lists, suspect ranking and decision-making biases. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1057-610X


The large number of names on terrorism watch lists raises the problem of monitoring. Given the existing resource constraints and other logistical considerations, efficient and accurate ranking of individuals in terms of threat posed is of paramount importance. This process, however, may be impacted by reference points, diminishing sensitivity, loss aversion and other aspects of the human decision-making process that introduce biases. This paper explores the relevance of decision-making processes and biases to the specific task of ranking and monitoring individuals whose names have been placed on a terrorism watch list.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 16 Feb 2018. Access to accepted version embargoed until 26 August 2019 (18 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 01:32
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 04:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: terrorism, terrorist watch list, decision making, biases
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140213 Public Economics-Public Choice
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810105 Intelligence
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1432046
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33881

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