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Ties That Do Not Bind (Directly): The Education-Terrorism Nexus Revisited

Sarah Brockhoff (), Tim Krieger and Daniel Meierrieks ()
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Sarah Brockhoff: University of Freiburg

No 26, Working Papers CIE from Paderborn University, CIE Center for International Economics

Abstract: This contribution offers a comprehensive empirical analysis of the effects of education on terrorism for 118 countries for the period 1984 to 2007. We find that education and terrorism are not directly linked, so that education neither fosters nor retards terrorism on its own. Rather, our results suggest that education may fuel terrorist activity in the presence of poor political and socio-economic conditions, whereas bet- ter education in combination with favorable conditions decreases terrorism. Thus, the precise effect of education on terrorism depends on country-specific conditions. A successful anti-terrorism strategy should therefore focus on a country's political and socio-economic development, in addition to educational attainment.

Keywords: education; terrorism; counter-terrorism; development strategies; condi- tional effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H56 D74 O15 H52 I2 N40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2010-07
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