Research Alert

Two prominent public risks, mass shootings and international terrorist attacks, pose questions regarding risk perceptions and risk-risk tradeoffs. While both similar in many respects in that both involve traumatic injuries, one might expect that the risk-risk tradeoff rate would be 1.0, so long as other attributes of these risks are not pertinent.

This paper uses an original survey structured to test rates of tradeoff between death from these risks, whose estimates indicate that respondents consistently place a premium on reducing mass shooting risks, as opposed to risks of international terrorism. In other words, the estimated rates of risk tradeoff unveil a greater weight on mass shooting risks even for those who believe that international terrorism risks pose a greater personal threat.

The full article can be found on the Risk Analysis journal website at