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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The Economics of Terrorism

    Posted by Adam Crouch

Silviu Dochia over at The Corner Solution has a good post on the economics of terrorism. He looks at the scholarly work that has been done on the subject, and concludes that you can think about a "supply" and "demand" for terrorism. The "demand" is fueled by Hatred, and strategies to stem terrorism should be focused on reducing that demand. Supply-side strategies are unlikely to be successful on their own.

This pretty much sums up why I feel that the best long-term anti-terrorism strategy is promoting democracy, human rights, a free media, and economic development.

Definitely check out the studies he links to.

The Acorn has some interesting thoughts about this too.

(Via Simon World)

Update: Tyler Cowan takes up the question of industrial organization in the "terrorism industry": should we prefer monopolistic or competitive Jihad?

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