Do Poor Economic Conditions Affect Terrorism?

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While the existing empirical literature shows that poverty and economic conditions are not correlated with the quantity of terror, theory predicts that poverty and poor economic conditions may affect the quality of terror. Poor economic conditions may lead more able individuals to participate in terror attacks, allowing terror organizations to send better qualified terrorists to more complex, high-impact terror missions. Using data on Palestinian suicide terrorists, we provide evidence of the correlation between economic conditions, the characteristics of suicide terrorists, and the targets they attack.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameEUSECON Policy Briefing


  • economics
  • poverty
  • prediction
  • terrorism


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