Rooted in Poverty?: Terrorism, Poor Economic Development, and Social Cleavages 1

  title={Rooted in Poverty?: Terrorism, Poor Economic Development, and Social Cleavages 1},
  author={James A. Piazza},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  pages={159 - 177}
  • James A. Piazza
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Economics
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
ABSTRACT This study evaluates the popular hypothesis that poverty, inequality, and poor economic development are root causes of terrorism. Employing a series of multiple regression analyses on terrorist incidents and casualties in ninety-six countries from 1986 to 2002, the study considers the significance of poverty, malnutrition, inequality, unemployment, inflation, and poor economic growth as predictors of terrorism, along with a variety of political and demographic control variables. The… 
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