The Quality of Terror

@inproceedings{Mesquita2005TheQO,
  title={The Quality of Terror},
  author={Ethan Bueno de Mesquita},
  year={2005}
}
I present a model of the interaction between a government, a terrorist organization, and potential terrorist volunteers in which, as a result of an endogenous choice, individuals with low ability or little education are most likely to volunteer to join the terrorist organization. However, the terrorist organization screens the volunteers for quality. Consequently, the model is consistent with two seemingly contradictory empirical findings. Actual terrorist operatives are not poor or lacking in… CONTINUE READING
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