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By Neslihan Uler, Tim Simcoe, Pierre Azoulay, Kevin Lang, All Ellis, Josh Lustig, Jordi Jaum, Koray Gure, Josephina Posadas, Marian Vidal-fernández, Francesco Russo, Dan Li, Lalita Toey Chanwongpaisarn and Chun Yu Ho


Abstract.This paper investigates the roots of international, domestic, and separatist terrorism using a new, extensive, multi-country panel data set obtained from MIPT (Memorial Institute of Prevention of Terrorism). I augment the MIPT data by recording the target country and the terrorist’s country of origin. I also classify each terrorist incident as international, domestic or separatist. International terrorism refers to terrorism committed by foreign nationals. Domestic terrorism refers to terrorism committed by domestic nationals. Separatist terrorism is committed by domestic nationals engaged in separatist causes. Using a panel data analysis with country …xed e¤ects, I …nd striking results at considerable odds with the literature. Whereas the previous literature …nds that terrorism is unrelated to economic conditions, I …nd that the richer the country, the fewer the terrorist attacks committed abroad by the country’s nationals. Similarly, I …nd that when a country is richer, the country’s nationals commit fewer terrorist attacks at home. I build an entirely new data set with regional GDP of separatist regions and …nd that the higher the GDP of the separatist region, the fewer the terrorist attacks committed by native separatists

Topics: Economics of Terrorism, Count Data, International Terrorism, Domestic Terrorism, Separatist Terrorism. I would like to thank Daniele Paserman for his excellent guidance and help thr
Year: 2009
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