Lock, Stock, and Barrel: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Determinants of Terror
ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
University of Lucerne; KOF Swiss Economic Institute
August 30, 2011
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3550
We assess the robustness of previous findings on the determinants of terrorism. Using extreme bound analysis, the three most comprehensive terrorism datasets, and focusing on the three most commonly analyzed aspects of terrorist activity, i.e., location, victim, and perpetrator, we re-assess the effect of 65 proposed correlates. Evaluating around 13.4 million regressions, we find 18 variables to be robustly associated with the number of incidents occurring in a given country-year, 15 variables with attacks against citizens from a particular country in a given year, and six variables with attacks perpetrated by citizens of a particular country in a given year.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 46
Keywords: causes of terrorism, poverty and terrorism, panel estimations, extreme bounds analysis
JEL Classification: D740, F510, F520, H560, K420working papers series
Date posted: August 30, 2011
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