Tinker, Thaler, Soldier, Spy: Behavioral Economics of HUMINT Transactions and Source Prioritizations

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2021) Tinker, Thaler, Soldier, Spy: Behavioral Economics of HUMINT Transactions and Source Prioritizations. International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 34 (1). pp. 17-44. ISSN 0885-0607


Abstract

Behavioral economics or ‘economics and psychology’ is an attempt to extend the explanatory power of economics by developing economic theory on more plausible psychological foundations. Most of its findings and applications pertain to decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. There are two parts of the intelligence process to which an understanding of behavioral economics may be relevant: (1) the transactions and exchanges involved in agent recruitment and agent running; and (2) the task of prioritizing HUMINT sources for interrogation. More generally, any prioritization task involving ranking or ordering is shaped systematically by the human decision-making process.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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: 01 Oct 2020 00:48
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 03:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Behavioural Economics, Espionage, Intelligence, HUMINT, Agent Running, Decision Theory, CounterIntelligence
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 > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520402 Decision making
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440804 Defence studies
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380199 Applied economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810105 Intelligence
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08850607.2020.1747830
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39711

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