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What Makes a Terrorist – Economics and the Roots of Terrorism - 10th Anniversary Edition - Princeton Scholarship Online
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What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism - 10th Anniversary Edition

Alan B. Krueger


The author of this book was one of the most respected economists of his generation, advising two presidents and helping to instill greater empiricism in economics. In this book, he argues that if we are to correctly assess the root causes of terrorism and successfully address the threat, we must think more like economists do. The book examines the factors that motivate individuals to participate in terrorism, drawing inferences from their economic, social, religious, and political backgrounds. Many popular ideas about terrorists are fueled by falsehoods, misinformation, and fearmongering. This ... More

Keywords: terrorism, economic background, social background, religious background, political background, terrorists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196077
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan B. Krueger, author
Princeton University