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Poverty, political freedom, and the roots of terrorism in developing countries: An empirical assessment

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  • Subhayu Bandyopadhyay
  • Javed Younas

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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. ; Earlier title: "What spurs terrorism in developing nations?"

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2009-023.

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