Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism in Developing Countries: An Empirical Assessment

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2009-23D

13 Pages Posted: 9 May 2009 Last revised: 15 Jan 2011

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Subhayu Bandyopadhyay

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Research Division; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; West Virginia University

Javed Younas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper finds that political freedom has a significant and non-linear effect on domestic terrorism, but this effect is not significant in the case of transnational terrorism. Some of our other novel findings are that while geography and fractionalization may limit a county’s ability to curb terrorism, the presence of strong legal institutions deters it.

Keywords: Domestic and transnational terrorism, Political freedom, Electoral self-determination

JEL Classification: D74, H56

Suggested Citation

Bandyopadhyay, Subhayu and Younas, Javed, Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism in Developing Countries: An Empirical Assessment (January 1, 2011). Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2009-23D . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1401580

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Javed Younas

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