Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155577
Authors: 
Jetter, Michael
Stadelmann, David
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6335
Abstract: 
Usually, studies analyzing terrorism focus on the total number of casualties or attacks in a given county. However, per capita rates of terrorism are more likely to matter for individual welfare. Analyzing 214 countries from 1970 - 2014, we show that three stylized findings are overturned in terms of sign, magnitude, and statistical significance when investigating terror per capita. Democracy, previously associated with more casualties, emerges as a marginally negative predictor of terror per capita. A larger share of Muslims in society is, if anything, associated with less terrorism. Similar conclusions apply to language fractionalization.
Subjects: 
terrorism
terror per capita
democracy
Islam
language fractionalization
JEL: 
D74
O57
Z12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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