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Ties that do not Bind (Directly): The Education-Terrorism Nexus Revisited

28 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2010  

Sarah Brockhoff

University of Freiburg - College of Economics and Behavioral Sciences

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Daniel Meierrieks

University of Freiburg

Date Written: July 23, 2010

Abstract

This contribution offers a comprehensive empirical analysis of the effects of education on terrorism for 118 countries for the period 1984 to 2007. We find that education and terrorism are not directly linked, so that education neither fosters nor retards terrorism on its own. Rather, our results suggest that education may fuel terrorist activity in the presence of poor political and socio-economic conditions, whereas better education in combination with favorable conditions decreases terrorism. Thus, the precise effect of education on terrorism depends on country-specific conditions. A successful anti-terrorism strategy should therefore focus on a country's political and socio-economic development, in addition to educational attainment.

Keywords: education, terrorism, counter-terrorism, development strategies, conditional effects

JEL Classification: H56, D74, O15, H52, I2, N40

Suggested Citation

Brockhoff, Sarah and Krieger, Tim and Meierrieks, Daniel, Ties that do not Bind (Directly): The Education-Terrorism Nexus Revisited (July 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1647664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1647664

Sarah Brockhoff

University of Freiburg - College of Economics and Behavioral Sciences ( email )

Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

Tim Krieger (Contact Author)

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )

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

HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de

Daniel Meierrieks

University of Freiburg ( email )

Fahnenbergplatz
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de/mitarbeiter-en/dr-daniel-meierrieks

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