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Article Number - E7D077E61869

Vol.7(8), pp. 76-88 , December 2016
ISSN: 2141-6621

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Name your price: Economic compensation and suicide terrorism

Samuel Rohrer*
  • Samuel Rohrer*
  • University of North Georgia, United States of America.
  • Google Scholar
David Sobek
  • David Sobek
  • Louisiana State University, United States of America.
  • Google Scholar

 Received: 10 May 2016  Accepted: 24 October 2016  Published: 31 December 2016

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Suicide terrorism remains a difficult action to rationally explain. Often, scholars rely on ideological or religious motivations to explain these seemingly irrational actions. While it seems clear that non-economic motives matter, it is also the case that economic compensation can incentivize suicide terrorism in ways that allow for more robust suicide terrorism campaigns. As such, we would expect that organizations that provide cash to suicide bombers will generate more attacks. In addition, the general economic environment plays into this in that poor economic conditions should increase the attractiveness of monetary compensation. To test our arguments, we conduct a series of statistical analyses looking at seven terrorist organizations that engaged in suicide terrorism from 2000 through 2008 and find that both high levels of economic compensation and poor economic conditions are correlated with a greater number of suicide terrorist attacks.

Key words: Political economy, terrorism, compensation.

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APA Rohrer, S., & Sobek, D. (2016). Name your price: Economic compensation and suicide terrorism. International Journal of Peace and Development Studies, 7(8), 76-88.
Chicago Samuel Rohrer and David Sobek. "Name your price: Economic compensation and suicide terrorism." International Journal of Peace and Development Studies 7, no. 8 (2016): 76-88.
MLA Samuel Rohrer and David Sobek. "Name your price: Economic compensation and suicide terrorism." International Journal of Peace and Development Studies 7.8 (2016): 76-88.

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