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Do Weak Institutions Affect Recording of Terror Incidents? Evidence from the United States

Rajeev Goel

Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, 2020, vol. 26, issue 1, 11

Abstract: Recording of crimes as terror incidents often falls in an unclear/fuzzy area due to overlaps with other crimes such as hate crimes, drug or mental health-related crimes, etc. This paper addresses the recording of crimes as terror crimes across US states, alternately considering both the prevalence and intensity of such crimes. Placing the explanatory variables under institutional, economic, social, political and enforcement categories, results show that weak institutions, ceteris paribus, undermine the recording of terror crimes. In other significant influences, states with greater ethnic homogeneity were less likely to have recorded terror crimes and more populous states had greater incidence (but not greater intensity) of recorded terror activity. Some implications for policy are discussed.

Keywords: corruption; ethnic homogeneity; institutional quality; police; poverty; terrorism; United States (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F52 H56 K42 K49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1515/peps-2018-0054

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