Poverty , Political Freedom , and the Roots of Terrorism

  title={Poverty , Political Freedom , and the Roots of Terrorism},
  author={Alberto Abadie},
After the 9/11 attacks, much of the political and media debate on terrorism has focused on prevention policies. The widespread view that poverty creates terrorism has dominated much of this debate (see Joseph Kahn and Tim Weiner, 2002). This is hardly surprising. After all, the notion that poverty generates terrorism is consistent with the results of most of the literature on the economics of conflicts. In particular, the results in Alberto Alesina et al. (1996) suggest that poor economic… CONTINUE READING
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