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DETERMINANTS OF TERRORISM: A PANEL DATA ANALYSIS OF SELECTED SOUTH ASIAN COUNTRIES

Muhammad Nasir (), Amanat Ali () and Faiz Rehman ()
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Amanat Ali: Department of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, P.O. Box 1091, Pakistan

The Singapore Economic Review (SER), 2011, vol. 56, issue 02, 175-187

Abstract: The phenomenon of terrorism has riveted world's unwavering attention since 9/11. The underlying study investigates the determinants of terrorism in the South Asian region. Applying negative binomial regression, the study finds that both political structure and economic conditions are responsible for terrorism. On the economic front, relative deprivation represented by income disparity is the major cause of terrorism. On the other hand, deprivation of the people of their political rights and civil liberties, exhibited by political repression, compels them to be involved in terrorist activities. Our findings illustrates that high literacy rate is one of the foremost reason for terrorism in the region.

Keywords: Terrorism; political repression; inequality; education; population; D74; H56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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