Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125046
Authors: 
Brodeur, Abel
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9526
Abstract: 
This paper examines the economic consequences of terror attacks and the channels through which terrorism affects local economies. I rely on an exhaustive list of terror attacks over the period 1970-2013 in the U.S. and exploit the inherent randomness in the success or failure of terror attacks to identify the economic impacts of terrorism. The findings suggest that successful attacks, in comparison to failed attacks, reduce the number of jobs in targeted counties by approximately 5% in the year the attack takes place. The effects fade away after 2 years and I find no evidence that neighboring counties suffer from the successful attack. Analyzing the channels, I find suggestive evidence that the decrease in the physical capital stock of a county partially explains the temporary reduction in jobs. I also focus on economic attitudes and political preferences since these preferences have been shown to be related to economic outcomes. The results suggest that successful attacks decrease temporarily vote share for Democrat candidates in gubernatorial elections and bring a leftward shift in attitudes in targeted counties.
Subjects: 
crime
terrorism
growth
preferences
voting behavior
JEL: 
D72
D74
C13
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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