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

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  • 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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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0507008.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: 12 Jul 2005
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0507008
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