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Ties That Do Not Bind (Directly): The Education-Terrorism Nexus Revisited


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  • Sarah Brockhoff

    (University of Freiburg)

  • Tim Krieger

    (University of Mainz)

  • Daniel Meierrieks

    (University of Paderborn)


This contribution offers a comprehensive empirical analysis of the effects of education on terrorism for 118 countries for the period 1984 to 2007. We find that education and terrorism are not directly linked, so that education neither fosters nor retards terrorism on its own. Rather, our results suggest that education may fuel terrorist activity in the presence of poor political and socio-economic conditions, whereas bet- ter education in combination with favorable conditions decreases terrorism. Thus, the precise effect of education on terrorism depends on country-specific conditions. A successful anti-terrorism strategy should therefore focus on a country's political and socio-economic development, in addition to educational attainment.

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Paper provided by University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics in its series Working Papers with number 26.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pdn:wpaper:26

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Keywords: education; terrorism; counter-terrorism; development strategies; condi- tional effects;

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  1. Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard & Mogens Justesen & Robert Klemmensen, 2006. "The political economy of freedom, democracy and transnational terrorism," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 128(1), pages 289-315, July.
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  1. Bessere Bildung = weniger Terrorismus?
    by Sarah Brockhoff, Tim Krieger und Daniel Meierrieks in ├ľkonomenstimme on 2010-12-22 12:00:00
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  1. Tim Krieger, 2011. "9/11's Legacy: How Abstract Fear and Collective Memory Lead to Real Economic Costs," Working Papers 45, University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics.


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