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Economia do Terrorismo

In their new study, “Attack Assignments in Terror Organizations and the Productivity of Suicide Bombers,” two economists, Efraim Benmelech of Harvard University and Claude Berrebi of the RAND Corporation, set out to analyze the productivity of terrorists in the same way they might analyze the auto industry. But they defined the “success” of terrorists by their ability to kill.

They gathered data on Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel from 2000 to 2005 and found that for terrorists, just like for regular workers, experience and education improve productivity. Suicide bombers who are older — in their late 20’s and early 30’s — and better educated are less likely to be caught on their missions and are more likely to kill large numbers of people at bigger, more difficult targets than younger and more poorly educated bombers.

NY Times

Noutro paper, de Alan B. Krueger e Jitka Maleckova, Education, Poverty and Terrorism: Is There a Causal Connection? conclui-se:

The evidence we have presented, tentative though it is, suggests little direct connection between poverty or education and participation in terrorism.

Tudo via Greg Mankiw's blog.

A educação e a pobreza não têm relação causal com a participação no terrorismo, mas a educação influencia a eficácia dos terroristas. As coisas giras que os economistas andam a estudar, hãen?

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  • Até pode ter a sua lógica. Este terrorismo é religioso. A religião existe no indivíduo pobre ou rico. No educado ou não poder-se-ia colocar a questão (apenas os ignorantes serão arrastados pela ilusão religiosa) mas dado a educação não ser laica, os mais educados andam, no fundo, a aprender a ser religiosos e a combater os infiéis.

    By Blogger Tiago Alves, at 12:27 da tarde  

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