The Investment Problem in Terrorism

11 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2004  

Kai A. Konrad

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance; Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Evidence from early terrorist groups reveals a structural equivalence between extortion and terrorism. This allows us to draw conclusions from the theory of extortion that can be applied to a theory of terrorism concerning the role of repeated play in the viability of extortion. It also enables us to analyse the role of commitment in destroying the extortionary organization.

Suggested Citation

Konrad, Kai A., The Investment Problem in Terrorism. Economica, Vol. 71, No. 283, pp. 449-459, August 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=562272

Kai A. Konrad (Contact Author)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, 53072
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