Suicide Attacks and Religious Cleavages

44 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2015

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Andra Filote

University of Konstanz

Niklas Potrafke

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Heinrich W. Ursprung

University of Konstanz; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: January 12, 2015

Abstract

Many experts claim that the incidence of suicide attacks is driven by religious cleavages. To test this hypothesis, we investigate whether the total number of suicide attacks per violent conflict or the annual number of suicide attacks per country is associated with simmering religious conflicts. We distinguish between two kinds of religious cleavages: cleavages at the macro level between the stake holders in violent conflicts and cleavages at the micro or battle field level between the actual perpetrators and victims of suicide attacks. Our results do not indicate that religious cleavages are an important precondition for the incidence of suicide attacks.

Keywords: suicide terrorism, religion, religious cleavages, club goods

JEL Classification: Z120, D740, H560, F510

Suggested Citation

Filote, Andra and Potrafke, Niklas and Ursprung, Heinrich, Suicide Attacks and Religious Cleavages (January 12, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5179. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559751

Andra Filote

University of Konstanz ( email )

Fach D-144
Universit├Ątsstra├če 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

Niklas Potrafke (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Heinrich Ursprung

University of Konstanz ( email )

Konstanz, D-78457
Germany
+49 7531 88 3713 (Phone)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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