Design, Inference, and the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

@article{Ashworth2008DesignIA,
  title={Design, Inference, and the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism},
  author={Scott Ashworth and Joshua D. Clinton and Adam Meirowitz and Kristopher W Ramsay},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2008},
  volume={102},
  pages={269 - 273}
}
In “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” Robert Pape (2003) presents an analysis of his suicide terrorism data. He uses the data to draw inferences about how territorial occupation and religious extremism affect the decision of terrorist groups to use suicide tactics. We show that the data are incapable of supporting Pape's conclusions because he “samples on the dependent variable.”—The data only contain cases in which suicide terror is used. We construct bounds (Manski, 1995) on the… Expand
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