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Title:Does terror threaten human rights?: evidence from panel data PDF Logo
Authors:Dreher, Axel
Gassebner, Martin
Siemers, Lars-H. R.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1935
Abstract:The paper presents a political economy model linking terror and governments’ respect for human rights. Using panel data for 111 countries over the period 1973-2002, we then empirically analyze whether and to what extent terror affects human rights – measured by three indices covering a wide variety of human rights aspects. According to our results, terror substantially diminishes governments’ respect for basic human rights such as absence of extrajudicial killings, political imprisonment, and torture. To some extent, civil rights are also restricted as a consequence of terrorism, while we find no effect of terrorism on empowerment rights.
Subjects:terrorism
human rights
civil liberties
suicide attacks
JEL:D74
F52
P48
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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