What Causes Terrorism?

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Daniel Meierrieks

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 8, 2009

Abstract

We provide an overview of empirical evidence on the determinants of terrorism, in particular focusing on the origins and targets of transnational terrorism.We also assemble several broad theoretical families that relate terrorism to, e.g., economic, political and institutional and demographic factors. We provide a critical discussion of the existing empirical evidence and refer to a number of areas of future research before describing some modest policy implications.

Keywords: Determinants of Terrorism, Political Violence, Counter-Terrorism

JEL Classification: D74, H56, N40

Suggested Citation

Meierrieks, Daniel and Krieger, Tim, What Causes Terrorism? (June 8, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1148682

Daniel Meierrieks

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

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Tim Krieger (Contact Author)

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )

University of Freiburg
Wilhelmstr. 1b
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

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