Pushing the Prize Up. A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda's Reward Structure and the Choice of Casualties

Pushing the Prize up. A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda’s Reward Structure and the Choice of Casualties, “Crossroads”, IV, 2, 2004: 3-6.

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Raul Caruso

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Andrea Locatelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza

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Date Written: October 21, 2004

Abstract

The article aims at suggesting possible conjectures on Al-Qaeda's logic and structure. Even if the organization's secrecy makes any empirical evidence difficult to find, some insight can be provided by economic theory of contests: in this terms, Al-Qaeda can be acknowledged like an agent rewarding a prize (membership) to its clients (cells and would-be cells). Although this principle makes the organization hardly visible and virtually impenetrable, we contend that in the long term such a logic is non-sustainable.

Keywords: Al Qaeda, tournament, contest theory

JEL Classification: D74

Suggested Citation

Caruso, Raul and Locatelli, Andrea, Pushing the Prize Up. A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda's Reward Structure and the Choice of Casualties (October 21, 2004). Pushing the Prize up. A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda’s Reward Structure and the Choice of Casualties, “Crossroads”, IV, 2, 2004: 3-6., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608827

Raul Caruso (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

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Andrea Locatelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza ( email )

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Piacenza
Italy

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