The Economics of Terrorism: A (Simple) Taxonomy of the Literature

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We draw on existing surveys on the economics of terrorism, classifying the contributions to the field by theme, main approach and methodology. Research articles are divided into the themes: Definition and measurement of terrorist activities; Nature of terrorists; Utility cost of terrorism; Impact of terrorism on aggregate output; Terrorism and specific sectors of activity; Terrorism and economic policy; and Counter-terrorist policies. For the set of papers examined, as well as for each theme, we divide the papers by main approach - macroeconomic/microeconomic - and methodology - theoretical/empirical. We find wide variation in approach/methodology across research themes, suggesting extensive research opportunities.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)105-123
JournalDefence And Peace Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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