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Title:International terrorism, political instability and the escalation effect PDF Logo
Authors:Campos, Nauro F.
Gassebner, Martin
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:KOF working papers // KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 220
Abstract:What are the main causes of international terrorism? The lessons from the surge of academic research that followed 9/11 remain elusive. The careful investigation of the relative roles of economic and political conditions did little to change the fact that existing econometric estimates diverge in size, sign and significance. In this paper we present a new rationale (the escalation effect) stressing domestic political instability as the main reason for international terrorism. Econometric evidence from a panel of more than 130 countries (yearly from 1968 to 2003) shows this to be a much more promising avenue for future research than the available alternatives.
Subjects:terrorism
international terrorism
political instability
escalation
JEL:C25
D72
F59
H56
P48
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.3929/ethz-a-005778530
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:KOF Working Papers, KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle, ETH Zürich

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