Edited by Harry W. Richardson, Jiyoung Park, James E. Moore II and Qisheng Pan
Chapter 4: Theme parks
The motive for this chapter was to address this very serious question. No theme park has been attacked. Many of the terrorists are technically incompetent with respect to bomb and explosives technology. Far worse is that they do not understand what binds us. This chapter is not intended as a road map for terrorists. Rather, it is one of a series of studies by our group on the economic impact of a variety of hypothetical terrorist attacks in the United States. This research suggests that even a single attack on a theme park may have widespread national economic not to mention human repercussions. The results imply that significant prevention strategies may be justified. Our research studies use either or both of two economic impact models, the Southern California Planning Model (SCPM) and the National Interstate Economic Model (NIEMO). This research uses only the latter model and traces the interregional economic effects of attack scenarios on major theme parks (13, including two clusters) located in a modest number of states (eight).
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