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Suicide attacks and religious cleavages

Andra Filote (), Niklas Potrafke () and Heinrich Ursprung ()
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Andra Filote: University of Konstanz

Public Choice, 2016, vol. 166, issue 1, 3-28

Abstract: Abstract Many experts claim that religious cleavages are one of the major reasons for suicide attacks. To test this hypothesis, we investigate whether the total number of suicide attacks per violent conflict and the annual number of suicide attacks per country are associated with simmering religious conflicts. We distinguish between two kinds of religious cleavages: cleavages at the macro level between the groups engaged in violent conflicts and cleavages at the micro or battlefield level between the actual perpetrators and victims of suicide attacks. Our results do not indicate that religious cleavages are an important precondition for the incidence of suicide attacks over the period 1981-2010.

Keywords: Suicide terrorism; Religion; Religious cleavages; Club goods; Terrorism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z12 D74 H56 F51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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