Space junk: Behavioural economics and the prioritisation of solutions

Phillips, Peter J and Pohl, Gabriela (2020) Space junk: Behavioural economics and the prioritisation of solutions. Defence and Peace Economics. ISSN 1024-2694


Abstract

The use and exploration of outer space is, according to the Outer Space Treaty (OST), to be carried out for the benefit and interest of all parties. Outer space is critically important to the defence and national security interests of many nations, none more so than the United States. Over time, a significant space junk problem has emerged. There is growing recognition of this problem and reason to believe that it will only get worse if current activities continue. Space junk presents a threat to the national security interests and economic interests of spacefaring nations. Various solutions are being proposed and developed. This paper presents an economic perspective and, in a particular, a behavioural economics perspective, on the space junk and national security problem. As various potential technological solutions emerge, we are interested in the obstacles that may stand in the way of an optimal prioritisation of the alternatives.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2020 01:50
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 02:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Space Junk; Behavioural Economics; National Security; Intelligence, SIGINT, Signals Intelligence
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810104 Emerging Defence Technologies
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810105 Intelligence
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10242694.2020.1772552
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39261

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