The Network for the Economic Analysis of Terrorism (NEAT) is a group of leading European researchers in the economic analysis of terrorism, security, and anti-terror policies. The network aims to strengthen understanding of the economic impacts of terrorism and anti-terror policies, and thereby enhance European security, economic development, and research.
Security economics, as a discipline, is relatively young and still vaguely defined. Although there is substantial research potential in this field, current infrastructure and institutional barriers have limited the capacity of security economics. Research and knowledge on the impact of terrorism and of measures against terrorism on prosperity in Europe remain fragmented and decentralized throughout the region. NEAT addresses and helps to overcome these deficits.
This project aims to foster economics of security as a discipline, strengthen the communication and collaboration between economists, and offer opportunities for young researchers to specialize in security economics. The network provides a framework where researchers cooperate on the analysis of causes, dynamics, and long-term effects of terrorism and European anti-terror policies. Research outputs from this approach promote an in-depth understanding of insecurity threats emerging from terrorism, as well as uncover the much-needed information base for effective national, European, and global security policies that are economically relevant.
NEAT is managed by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and is funded by the European Commission.