Deadly Contests An economic note on al Qaeda’s reward system
AbstractThe aim of this brief paper is to interpret al Qaeda’s modus operandi in the light of the economic theory of contests. The main idea expressed here is that al Qaeda can be considered as a contest-designer rewarding an indivisible prize. Affiliated groups compete with each other to win the prize. The argument is discussed and some tentative policy prescriptions are presented.
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Date of creation: Oct 2007
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terrorism; contest; al Qaeda; open source; reward; prize setting;
Other versions of this item:
- Raul Caruso & Andrea Locatelli., 2008. "Deadly contests: An economic note on al Qaeda's reward system," Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Economists for Peace and Security (UK), vol. 3(2), pages 62-67, July.
- D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
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- NEP-ALL-2007-11-03 (All new papers)
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