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Improving Homeland Security Decisions by Detlof von Winterfeldt, Milind Tambe, Ali E. Abbas

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13 Economic Impacts of Changes in Wait Times at U.S. Ports of Entry

Bryan Roberts, Adam Rose, Nathaniel Heatwole, Dan Wei, Misak Avetisyan, Fynnwin Prager, Charles Baschnagel, and Isaac Maya*

13.1 Introduction

Inspections of people and vehicles at U.S. border crossings are vital to homeland security. The benefits of these activities are the avoided consequences associated with the movement of contraband, unauthorized border crossers, and potential terrorists into the United States. At the same time, inspections incur various types of costs. Construction and operational costs associated with inspection facilities are a significant federal expenditure. Moreover, inspections generate various spillover effects related to the delays in the flows of passengers ...

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