Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism in Developing Countries: An Empirical Assessment
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2009-23D
13 Pages Posted: 9 May 2009 Last revised: 15 Jan 2011
Date Written: January 1, 2011
This paper finds that political freedom has a significant and non-linear effect on domestic terrorism, but this effect is not significant in the case of transnational terrorism. Some of our other novel findings are that while geography and fractionalization may limit a county’s ability to curb terrorism, the presence of strong legal institutions deters it.
Keywords: Domestic and transnational terrorism, Political freedom, Electoral self-determination
JEL Classification: D74, H56
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