Noted Economist to Discuss How Economic
Analysis Can Help Shape Terrorism Policy

2005 Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Lecture Open to Public

RICHARDSON , Texas (Jan. 7, 2005) – Noted economist Dr. Todd Sandler of the University of Southern California will discuss how methods of economic analysis can help in understanding terrorism and formulating policy responses to it in the 2005 edition of the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Lecture Series, to be held at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) on Friday, Jan. 21.

The lecture, titled “Economic Methods Applied to the Study of Terrorism,” will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Cecil H. Green Hall, Room 2.302, followed immediately by a reception for the speaker in the commons area of the adjacent Green Center. Both the lecture and the reception will be free and open to the public.

Photo, Todd Sandler
USC Professor of International Economics
Todd Sandler will address UTD on terrorism issues.

“Professor Sandler will offer numerous examples, gleaned from decades of research, to illustrate how social science can inform the choice between proactive and defensive measures against terrorists, as well as other pertinent issues,” said Dr. James Murdoch, dean of the School of Social Sciences at UTD. “Like other Green Distinguished Lectures before it, Sandler’s talk promises to be both stimulating and timely.”

Sandler is the Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair of International Relations and Economics at Southern California. His diverse writings address such topics as transnational public goods, defense and peace economics, environmental economics, foreign assistance and transnational terrorism. His analysis of terrorism began 20 years ago with the publication of an article on the theoretical foundations of studying terrorism in the American Political Science Review.

In 2003, Sandler was co-recipient of a National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War in recognition of his pioneering theoretical and empirical work on transnational terrorism. His latest book is Global Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

For additional information about Sandler’s lecture, please call the School of Social Sciences at 972-883-4989.

About the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society

Created in 1992, the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society at The University of Texas at Dallas promotes more effective use of science and technology in understanding and remediating problems that threaten the global future. The center provides an institutional setting in which experts can engage in focused cross-disciplinary research and analysis. Center research programs and invited speakers reflect the center’s commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to achieving solutions to society’s most pressing problems. This exchange of ideas across disciplines and types of organizations has been a driving force behind many of the philanthropic activities of the late Cecil Green, a founder of UTD, and his late wife, Ida.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at