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Economics of War The choice to bomb the World Trade Center was more than symbolic The collapse of the towers has coincided with an already slowing global economy and was probably intended to cause as much economic as physical harm The crisis will have deep economic repercussions in a number of areas while some parts of the economy will be hurt other sectors may actually benefit and it is possible that increased defense spending could stimulate the slowing economy in the short run A global economy requires openness and speed whereas increased security often entails putting up barriers and walls The war on terrorism will also dramatically increase security costs at every level Americas distant global commitments may become enormously expensive and draining The war on terrorism will decrease consumer spending the stock market exchange rates airline costs and immigration rates Furthermore how will a slowing global economy respond and deteriorate the slowing American economy The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center will cost New Yorks economy up to 105 billion dollars and 115000 jobs Allen Hevesi the city comptroller did a recent report of the breakdown of some costs Rebuilding the World Trade Center as smaller buildings will cost 67 billion Repairing and restoring other damaged buildings will cost 53 billion Value of equipment vehicles computer systems destroyed will cost 12 billion Lost wages using estimate of 5600 people will cost 11 billion Clean-up and stabilization of WTC site will cost 9 billion City government overtime vehicle losses road building will cost 7 billion Spending by private owners on repairs will cost 1 billion Treating injured loss of income from injuries will cost 3 billion Lost business and economic activity will cost 21 billion Lost rent for damaged buildings will cost 175 billion Lost wages because of companies leaving New York will cost 3 billion The city will need additional federal aid to recover The long-term impact of the attacks depends
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