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Suicide Terrorism and the Weakest Link


Daniel G. Arce


University of Texas at Dallas - Department of Economics & Finance

Dan Kovenock


Chapman University - Economic Science Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Brian Roberson


Purdue University - Department of Economics

August 2009

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2753

Abstract:     
In this paper we examine a model of terrorism which focuses on the tradeoffs facing a terrorist organization that has the ability to utilize either or both suicide and conventional terrorism tactics. The terrorist organization’s objective is to successfully attack at least one target. Success for the target government is defined as defending all targets from any and all attacks. In this context, we examine how terrorist entities strategically utilize suicide attacks when other modes of attack are available, and the optimal anti-terrorism measures.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: conflict, suicide terrorism, weakest link, Colonel Blotto

JEL Classification: C70, D74

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Date posted: August 23, 2009  

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Arce, Daniel G. and Kovenock, Dan and Roberson, Brian, Suicide Terrorism and the Weakest Link (August 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2753. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1458851

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Daniel G. Arce
University of Texas at Dallas - Department of Economics & Finance ( email )
Richardson, TX 75083
United States
Daniel J Kovenock
Chapman University - Economic Science Institute ( email )
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866
United States
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.CESifo.de
Brian Roberson (Contact Author)
Purdue University - Department of Economics ( email )
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States
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