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Pushing the Prize Up, A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda's Reward Structure and the choice of Casualties


  • Raul Caruso

    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

  • Andrea Locatelli

    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)


The article aims at suggesting possible conjectures on Al-Qaeda's logic and structure. Even if the organization's secrecy makes any empirical evidence difficult to find, some insight can be provided by economic theory of contests: in this terms, Al-Qaeda can be acknowledged like an agent rewarding a prize (membership) to its clients (cells and would-be cells). Although this principle makes the organization hardly visible and virtually impenetrable, we contend that in the long term such a logic is non-sustainable

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  • Raul Caruso & Andrea Locatelli, 2005. "Pushing the Prize Up, A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda's Reward Structure and the choice of Casualties," Public Economics 0507008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0507008
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    1. Caruso, Raul & Schneider, Friedrich, 2009. "Al Qaeda and Jihadist Terrorism in the Light of Contest Theory, Empirical Evidence for the period 2004-2008," MPRA Paper 15856, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Conflict; Al Qaeda; Terrorism; microeconomic theory; prize; contest;

    JEL classification:

    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions

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