Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185511
Authors: 
Hodler, Roland
Raschky, Paul A.
Strittmatter, Anthony
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 7313
Abstract: 
This study examines the effect of religiosity on terrorism by focusing on one of the five pillars of Islam: Ramadan fasting. For identification, we exploit two facts: First, daily fasting from dawn to sunset during Ramadan is considered mandatory for most Muslims. Second, the Islamic calendar is not synchronized with the solar cycle. We find a robust negative effect of more intense Ramadan fasting on terrorist events within districts and country-years in predominantly Muslim countries. We argue that this effect partly operates through a decrease in public support for terrorism, which in turn reduces the operational capabilities of terrorist groups.
Subjects: 
terrorism
economics of religion
JEL: 
D74
H56
Z12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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